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Fast maximum coverage of system behavior from a performance and power point of view

Abstract : This article proposes a methodology for constructing and assessing the quality of benchmark-suites dedicated to understand server behavior. Applications are multiple: behavioral models creation, power capping, abnormal behavior detection, model validation. To reach all the operating points of one server, an automatic operating range detection is necessary. To get the knowledge of the operating range, an exhaustive search of possible reachable states must be conducted. While many works use for this purpose only simplistic benchmark-suites in their research, we show in this article that using simple assumptions (leading to simple models such as linear ones) introduces large bias. We identify the bias due to individual hardware components. The key for understanding and modeling of the system behavior (from performance and power consumption points of view) is to stress the system and its subsystems on a large set of configurations, and to collect values spanningover a large spectrum.We define a coverage metric for evaluating the coverage of measured performance indicators and power values. We evaluate different benchmarks using that metric, and thoroughly analyze their impact on the collected values. Finally, we propose a benchmark-suite providing a large coverage, adapted to general cases.
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Georges da Costa, Jean-Marc Pierson, Leandro Fontoura Cupertino. Fast maximum coverage of system behavior from a performance and power point of view. Concurrency and Computation:Practice and Experience, 2020, 32 (14), pp.0. ⟨10.1002/cpe.5673⟩. ⟨hal-02943086⟩

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