Performance Modelling of Supercomputer Architectures and Algorithms

  • Erik H. D’Hollander


The need for more processing power has spurred the development of new processor architectures. While these machines bear a high speed potential, this speedup over a conventional machine is only partly achieved, depending on the type of calculations. In this paper an overview is given of the blend of techniques which allow to estimate the processing rate for various existing computer architectures in function of their serial versus vector calculations.


Execution Time Service Time Clock Period Array Processor Memory Bank 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik H. D’Hollander
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringState University of GhentGhentBelgium

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