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Keywords:

  • Performance analysis;
  • Trace data;
  • Databases;
  • Trace-driven simulation

Abstract

In performance analysis of computer systems, trace-driven simulation techniques have the important advantage of credibility and accuracy. Unfortunately, traces are usually difficult to obtain, and little work has been done to provide efficient tools to help in the process of reducing and manipulating them. This paper presents TRAMP, a tool for the data reduction and data analysis phases of trace-driven simulation studies. TRAMP has three main advantages: it accepts a variety of common trace formats; it provides a programmable user interface in which many actions can be directly specified; and it is easy to extend. TRAMP is particularly helpful for reducing and analysing complex trace data, such as traces of file system or database activity. This paper presents the design principles and implementation techniques of TRAMP and provides a few concrete examples of the use of this tool.