Performance Models

Description / Outline

Performance models describe the interaction between application and hardware, forming the basis for a profound understanding of the runtime behavior of an application. The group pursues an analytic approach, the essential components of which are application models and machine models. These components are initially created independently, but their combination and interaction finally provide insights about the bottlenecks and the expected performance. Especially the creation of accurate machine models requires a profound microarchitecture analysis. The execution cache memory (ECM), which was developed by the group, allows predictions of single-core performance as well as scaling within a multi-core processor or compute node. In combination with analytic models of electrical power consumption, it can also be used to derive estimates for the energy consumption of an application. The ECM model is a generalization of the well-known Roofline model.