Articles | Volume 25, issue 2
Technical note
03 Mar 2021
Technical note |  | 03 Mar 2021

Technical note: “Bit by bit”: a practical and general approach for evaluating model computational complexity vs. model performance

Elnaz Azmi, Uwe Ehret, Steven V. Weijs, Benjamin L. Ruddell, and Rui A. P. Perdigão


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Short summary
Computer models should be as simple as possible but not simpler. Simplicity refers to the length of the model and the effort it takes the model to generate its output. Here we present a practical technique for measuring the latter by the number of memory visits during model execution by Strace, a troubleshooting and monitoring program. The advantage of this approach is that it can be applied to any computer-based model, which facilitates model intercomparison.