Misleading performance claims in parallel computations

TitleMisleading performance claims in parallel computations
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBailey, DH
Conference NameProceedings of the 46th Annual Design Automation Conference
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-60558-497-3
Keywordsparallel computing

In a previous humorous note entitled "Twelve Ways to Fool the Masses ...," I outlined twelve common ways in which performance figures for technical computer systems can be distorted. In this paper and accompanying conference talk, I give a reprise of these twelve "methods" and give some actual examples that have appeared in peer-reviewed literature in years past. I then propose guidelines for reporting performance, the adoption of which would raise the level of professionalism and reduce the level of confusion, not only in the world of device simulation but also in the larger arena of technical computing.

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