A comparison of some performance evaluation techniques

Mohamad, Sabah Mohamad Amin (1981) A comparison of some performance evaluation techniques. MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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In this thesis we look at three approaches to modelling interactive computer systems: Simulation, Operational analysis and Performance-Oriented design. The simulation approach, presented first, is applied to a general purpose, multiprogrammed, machine independent, virtual memory computer system. The model is used to study the effects of different performance parameters upon important performance indices. It is also used to compare or validate the results produced by the other two methods. The major drawback of the simulation model (i.e. its relatively high cost) has been overcome by combining regression techniques with simulation, using simple experimental case studies. Next, operational analysis was reviewed in a hierarchical way (starting by analysing a single-resource queue and ending up by analysing a multi-class customer general interactive system), to study the performance model of general interactive systems. The results of the model were compared with the performance indices produced using the simulation results. The performance-oriented design technique was the third method used for building system performance models. Here, several optimization design problems have been reviewed to minimize the response time or maximize the system throughput subject to a cost constraint. Again, the model results were compared with the simulation results using different cost constraints. We suggest finally, that the above methods should be used together to assist the designer in building computer performance models.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Adviser: John C Cavouras
Keywords: Computer science
Date of Award: 1981
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1981-73917
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 08:56
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 08:56
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/73917

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