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This paper introduces the Graphite open-source distributed parallel multicore simulator infrastructure. Graphite is designed from the ground up for exploration of future multi-core processors containing dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of cores. It provides high performance for fast design space exploration and software development. Several techniques(More)
Chip-multiprocessors (CMPs) must often execute workload mixes with different performance requirements. On one hand, user-facing, latency-critical applications (e.g., web search) need low tail (i.e., worst-case) latencies, often in the millisecond range, and have inherently low utilization. On the other hand, compute-intensive batch applications (e.g.,(More)
PIKA is a network stack designed for multikernel operating systems that target potential future architectures lacking cache-coherent shared memory but supporting message passing. PIKA splits the network stack into several servers that communicate using a low-overhead message passing layer. A key challenge faced by PIKA is the maintenance of shared state,(More)
Current monolithic operating systems are designed for uniprocessor systems, and their architecture reflects this. The rise of multicore and cloud computing is drastically changing the tradeoffs in operating system design. The culture of scarce computational resources is being replaced with one of abundant cores, where spatial layout of processes supplants(More)
Latency-critical workloads (e.g., web search), common in datacenters, require stable tail (e.g., 95<sup><i>th</i></sup> percentile) latencies of a few milliseconds. Servers running these workloads are kept lightly loaded to meet these stringent latency targets. This low utilization wastes billions of dollars in energy and equipment annually. Applying(More)
Given exponential scaling, it will not be long before chips with hundreds of cores are standard. For OS designers, this new trend in architectures provides a new opportunity to explore different research directions in scaling operating systems. The primary question facing OS designers over the next ten years will be: <i>What is the correct design of OS(More)
The MIT Faculty has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. Abstract Chip-multiprocessors (CMPs) must often execute workload mixes with different performance requirements. On one hand, user-facing, latency-critical applications (e.g., web search) need low tail (i.e., worst-case) latencies, often in(More)
This thesis describes Graphite, a parallel, distributed simulator for simulating large-scale multicore architectures, and focuses particularly on the functional aspects of simulating a single, unmodified multi-threaded application across multiple machines. Graphite allows fast simulation of multicore architectures by leveraging computational resources from(More)
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