Computer Systems Performance Analysis: Design of Experiments

A tutorial by Prof. Raj Jain given at XXIX Brazilian Symposium on Computer Networks and Distributed Systems, May 30-June 3, 2011, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

Performance often depends upon more than one factor such as the system and the workload. Proper analysis requires that the effects of each factor be isolated from those of others so that meaningful statements can be made about different levels of the factor, for instance, different systems. Such analysis is the main topic of this tutorial. The techniques presented in this part will enable you to do the following:

The goal of a proper experimental design is to obtain the maximum information with the minimum number of experiments. This saves considerable labor that would have been spent gathering data. The tutorial is based on Part IV of my book "The Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis: Techniques for Experimental Design, Measurement, Simulation, and Modeling." The techniques of the course can be used to analyze and compare any type of systems including algorithms, protocols, network, or database systems.

The tutorial covers the following topics:

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