Advanced Topics in Computer Systems: Performance Evaluation

This four-hour course address computer systems performance analysis. It introduces the main concepts and techniques needed to plan the capacity of computer systems, predict their future performance under different configurations, and design new applications that meet performance requirements. The course is mainly based on the use of analytic queuing network models of computer systems. These techniques are applied to study the performance of centralized, distributed, parallel, client/server systems, Web server and e-commerce site performance. The course provides the students with hands-on experience in performance evaluation through a project. The concept and applications of software performance engineering are also covered.


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