Workshop on Workload Characterization
Austin Marriott at the Capitol
Austin, Texas

October 9, 1999

Advance Program

A book containing these papers will be published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.

7:00 am Registration, Breakfast
8:15 am Introduction
8:30-9:30am Session 1: Graphics and Networks
  • "Performance Characterization of Natural I/O Applications",
    Stevan Vlaovic (Advanced Computer Architecture Lab, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI), and Richard Uhlig (Microprocessor Research Lab, Intel Corp. Hillsboro, OR).
  • "Workloads for Programmable Network Interfaces",
    Patrick Crowley, Marc E. Fiuczynski, Jean-Loup Baer, and Brian Bershad (Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA)
  • "Characterization of Graphics Activities in PC Benchmarks by Bottleneck Detection",
    Daniel Etiemble (LRI, Universite' Paris Sud, Orsay Cedex, France).
9:30-10:00am Coffee Break
10:00-11:00am Session 2: Parallelism and Memory Access
  • "A Characterization of Control Independence in Programs",
    Anasua Bhowmik (Computer Sciences Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD), and Manoj Franklin (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD).
  • "Instruction Level Characterization of Java Virtual Machine Workload",
    A. Barisone, F. Bellotti, R. Berta, and A. De Gloria, (Department of Electrical and Biophysical Engineering, University of Genoa).
  • "Analyzing Memory Reference Traces of JAVA Programs",
    Jin- Soo Kim (Department of Computer Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea), and Yarsun Hsu (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY).
11am-12 noon Keynote:
"Measurement Based Analysis of Performance and Reliability"
Dr. Ravi Iyer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(Slides: PDF, PS).
12:00-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:50pm Session 3: Database and Web Servers
  • "Towards a Simplified Database Workload for Computer Architecture Evaluations",
    Kimberly Keeton, and David Patterson (Computer Science Division, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA).
  • "Bus Traffic Characterization of SPECweb96 Benchmark",
    Prasant Mohapatra (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan state University, East Lansing, MI), Hariharan Thantry  (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan state University, East Lansing, MI), and Krishna Kant (Server Architecture Laboratory, Intel Corp. Beaverton, OR).
  • "Performance Impact of Uncached File Accesses in SpecWeb99",
    K. Kant (Intel Corp.), and Y. Won. (Hanyang University).
  • "Workload of a Media-Enhanced Classroom Server",
    Nissim Harel, Vivekanand Vellanki, Ann Chervenak, Gregory Abowd, and Umakishore Ramachandran (College of Computing, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA).
2:50-3:20pm Break
3:20-4:30pm Panel

Tomorrow's processors and computer systems are designed with today's benchmarks which are programs of yesterday. Is there a rescue from this? Is there a way to capture future/emerging workloads into benchmark suites before the actual advent of the workload? How can workload characterization help in this process?

Panel Moderator: Yale Patt (University of Texas)

Panelists: David Christie (AMD), Ravi Iyer (University of Illinois), Greg Pfister (IBM), Pete Wilson (Motorola), Avi Kumar (Intel), Kevin Kettler (Dell)

Workshop Organizers: Lizy Kurian John (University of Texas) and Ann Marie G. Maynard (IBM)

This workshop is being conducted with the generous support of Intel Corporation.