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Cache misses are one of the most well-known performance-losing events.

To provide some background, cache misses are one of the main causes of computer system slowdowns, obstructing computers from consuming cycles in useful computation work. What I mean by performance-losing is that cache misses are the kinds of events that slow down the computer, but I think the losing one is computers, not events. I considered terms like performance-stealing or performance-weakening, but I have no idea whether these terms are commonly used or seem natural. Could anyone recommend the term to describe this?

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Aside from the fact that you can construct several different sentences with the same meaning, in line with your question I can suggest performance degradation.

Cache misses are one of the most well-known causes for performance degradation in computer systems.

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Performance-losing certainly doesn't sound natural. How about performance-diminishing? Or better still, restructure the sentence into something like:

Cache misses are well-known for diminishing/reducing/lowering/decreasing/worsening performance in computer systems.

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