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Opcode counting for performance measurement

United States Patent

October 29, 2013
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Methods, systems and computer program products are disclosed for measuring a performance of a program running on a processing unit of a processing system. In one embodiment, the method comprises informing a logic unit of each instruction in the program that is executed by the processing unit, assigning a weight to each instruction, assigning the instructions to a plurality of groups, and analyzing the plurality of groups to measure one or more metrics. In one embodiment, each instruction includes an operating code portion, and the assigning includes assigning the instructions to the groups based on the operating code portions of the instructions. In an embodiment, each type of instruction is assigned to a respective one of the plurality of groups. These groups may be combined into a plurality of sets of the groups.
Gara; Alan (Yorktown Heights, NY), Satterfield; David L. (Yorktown Heights, NY), Walkup; Robert E. (Yorktown Heights, NY)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
12/ 688,773
January 15, 2010
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT This invention was Government supported under Contract No. B554331 awarded by Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.