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[Readme] Update Readme and add some context about what allocbench does

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# allocbench - benchmark tool for POSIX memory allocators
allocbench is a POSIX memory allocator benchmarking framework and tooling.
It was used in Florian Fischer's [BA thesis](
What can allocbench do for you ?
* Deterministically builds and patches allocators from git or source archives
* Couples allocators with various included benchmarks as well as your custom ones
* Supports you in analyzing your benchmark results by providing statistical and plot helper functions
* Comes with support for two different malloc tracers to help you understand benchmark and allocator behavior
* Contains numerous wildly used benchmarks in allocator research (espresso, cfrac, larson, ...)
* It is extended easily with our own allocators and or custom benchmarks
To obtain allocbench run
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## Requirements
* python >= 3.6
* python >= 3.8
* make, find, gcc (build dependencies)
* perf (`perf stat -d` is the default command to measure benchmark results)
* util-linux (`whereis` is used to find system installed allocators)
* git, tar to handle external artifacts
* numpy and matplotlib to summarize results and generate plots
* numpy, scipy and matplotlib to summarize results and generate plots
## Usage
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./ -b loop
runs only the loop benchmark for all included allocators and will put its
runs only the loop benchmark for all allocators found on the system and will put its
results in `$PWD/results/$HOSTNAME/<time>/loop`.
./ -a ba_allocators
./ -a "tcmalloc*"
builds all allocators used in Florian Fischer's [BA thesis](
and runs all benchmarks.
builds all tcmalloc variants shipped with allocbench and runs all benchmarks.
./ <path/to/saved/results>
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