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PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF INTEL CORE 2 DUO PROCESSOR

A Thesis Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

In The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

By Tribuvan Kumar Prakash Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering Visveswaraiah Technological University, Karnataka, 2004. August 2007

Acknowledgements
I would like to express my gratitude to my advisor, Dr. Lu Peng for his guidance, and constant motivation towards the completion of this thesis. His technical advice and suggestions helped me to overcome hurdles and kept me enthusiastic and made this work a wonderful learning experience. I would like to thank my committee members Dr. David Koppelman and Dr. Suresh Rai for taking time out of their busy schedule and agreeing to be a part of my committee. I would like to also thank them for their valuable feedback. I would like to thank the faculty members and Shirley and Tonya of the Department of Electrical Engineering, for all the support and making my study at Louisiana State University a pleasant experience. I would like to thank my parents and sister without whom I would not have made it to this point. I would like to thank my friends Srinath Sitaraman and Balachandran Ramadas for their help while collecting data. I would also like to thank my roommates & friends here at LSU and back home for all the love and unending support.

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Table of Contents
List of Tables ..................................................................................................................... iv List of Figures ..................................................................................................................... v Abstract .............................................................................................................................. vi 1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 1 1.1 Overview ............................................................................................................. 1 1.2 Architecture of Intel Core 2 Duo ........................................................................ 3

2. Performance Analysis of SPEC CPU Benchmarks Running on Intel’s Core 2 Duo Processor ............................................................................................................................. 7 2.1 Overview ............................................................................................................. 7 2.2 Methodology ....................................................................................................... 7 2.3 Measurement Results .......................................................................................... 9 2.3.1 IPC and Instruction Profile ......................................................................... 9 L1 D-Cache Misses ................................................................................... 11 2.3.2 2.3.3 L2 Cache Misses ....................................................................................... 13 2.3.4 Branch Misprediction................................................................................ 15 3. Performance Comparison of Dual Core Processor Using Microbenchmarks .......... 17 3.1 Overview ........................................................................................................... 17 3.2 Architecture of Dual-Core Processors .............................................................. 18 3.2.1 Intel Pentium D 830 .................................................................................. 18 AMD Athlon 64X2 ................................................................................... 19 3.2.2 3.2.3 Processor Comparison...
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