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The Practical Performance Analyst Paperback – October 31, 2000
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About the Author
"Dr. Mabub Hassan" is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where he directs advanced research and development activities in the Network Research Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
"Raj Jain" is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nayna Networks, Inc.--an optical systems company in Milpitas, CA. He is currently on a leave of absence From Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he is a professor of computer and Information Sciences.
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The core approach is Performance By Design, which is aligned to product development. His approach, if used properly, will ensure that performance goals are established in the design phase, and are met as a system or software evolves through the development life cycle.
Highlights of the book are:
(1) Through introduction to the foundation of performance: queuing, parallelism and multiprocessor systems.
(2) Coverage of contemporary issues, such as client/server and web system performance,
(3) Unexpected forays into performance characteristics and considerations that I've encountered in no other book. For example, Part 3 of this book addresses subtle issues such as transient analysis, scaling behavior and similar topics. Here the author integrates theoretical physics into performance analysis - while this may seem odd, it only reinforces that much can be added to the performance analysis body of knowledge by drawing from sources outside of computer science. His qualifications for this material includes a Ph.D in theoretical physics, and his ability to clearly explain concepts that are foreign to the average computer scientist or performance practitioner is excellent.
I like the conversation style that the author employs, the way he starts with the basics and builds upon them and the thoroughness in which all aspects of performance are discussed. More importantly, although advanced math concepts are introduced the way they are presented can be understood by anyone with high school or college freshman knowledge of probability and calculus.
The only mark against the book I have is it doesn't have an example section (with answers for each example as an appendix) at the end of each chapter to help people apply the concepts they learned reading the chapter.
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Excellent insight into the capacity planning process and how it relates to distributed computing. This book works best when coupled with the "Guerrilla Capacity Planning" and... Read morePublished on August 15, 2008 by Scott Roberts