Shaman: a distributed simulator for shared memory multiprocessors

H. Matsuo, S. Imafuku, K. Ohno, H. Nakashima
Proceedings. 10th IEEE International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunications Systems  
This paper describes our distributed architectural simulator of shared memory multiprocessors named Shaman. The simulator runs on a PC cluster that consists of multiple front-end nodes to simulate the instruction level behavior of a target multiprocessor in parallel and a back-end node to simulate the target memory system. The front-end also simulates the logical behavior of the shared memory using software DSM technique and generates memory references to drive the back-end. A remarkable
more » ... of our simulator is the reference filtering to reduce the amount of the references transferred from the front-end to the backend utilizing the DSM mechanism and coherent cache simulation on the front-end. This technique and our sophisticated DSM implementation discussed in this paper give an extraordinary performance to the Shaman simulator. We achieved 335 million and 392 million simulation clock per second for LU decomposition and FFT in SPLASH-2 kernel benchmarks respectively, when we used 16 front-end nodes to simulate a 16-way target SMP.
doi:10.1109/mascot.2002.1167095 dblp:conf/mascots/MatsuoION02 fatcat:qithcgawybb5zprz6dvlgrbfue