So far, we have used the
gettimeofday function to measure the amount of
time it takes for programs to execute. In this section we discuss how
to measure how well a parallel program performs in comparison to a serial
program, and other topics related to measuring the performance of parallel
We first cover some basics related to parallel performance:
While Amdahl’s Law and speedup are two very important concepts related to performance, having a good understanding of the following topics will round out a reader’s understanding of performance:
Specifically, the Gustafson-Barsis Law gives a better understanding of the limits of Amdahl’s Law.