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Measuring Computer Performance
A Practitioner's Guide

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  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511036279

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  • Measuring Computer Performance sets out the fundamental techniques used in analyzing and understanding the performance of computer systems. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on practical methods of measurement, simulation, and analytical modeling. The author discusses performance metrics and provides detailed coverage of the strategies used in benchmark programmes. He gives intuitive explanations of the key statistical tools needed to interpret measured performance data. He also describes the general 'design of experiments' technique, and shows how the maximum amount of information can be obtained for the minimum effort. The book closes with a chapter on the technique of queueing analysis. Appendices listing common probability distributions and statistical tables are included, along with a glossary of important technical terms. This practically-oriented book will be of great interest to anyone who wants a detailed, yet intuitive, understanding of computer systems performance analysis.

    • Offers clear explanations of practical techniques for computer systems performance analysis
    • Provides intuitive coverage of key statistical tools
    • Integrates detailed descriptions of benchmark programmes
    • Includes a glossary of important technical terms
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    '… practically oriented book will be of interest to anyone who wants a detailed, yet intuitive, understanding of computer systems performance analysis.' Engineering Designer

    'Measuring computer system performance is no mean task … Lilja's book is conceptually well formulated, mathematically well grounded, and even intuitively appealing. The author focuses on the key issues in quantifying and characterizing the capacity and usage of a typical computer (or server, switch or any other device based on computing or networking architectures) … an excellent reference for information technology managers who need a conceptual understanding of this topic in order to handle performance issues in computers and networks.' Charles K. Davis, Computing Reviews

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511036279
    • contains: 38 b/w illus. 48 tables 104 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Metrics of performance
    3. Average performance and variability
    4. Errors in experimental measurements
    5. Comparing alternatives
    6. Measurement tools and techniques
    7. Benchmark programs
    8. Linear regression models
    9. Design of experiments
    10. Simulation and random number generation
    11. Queueing analysis
    Glossary
    Appendices.

  • Author

    David J. Lilja, University of Minnesota

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