Measuring Computer Performance
A Practitioner's Guide

David J. Lilja
Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2000

ISBN 0-521-64105-5

Measuring Computer Performance sets out the fundamental techniques used in analyzing and understanding the performance of computer systems. The emphasis is on practical methods of measurement, simulation, and analytical modeling. The book discusses performance metrics and provides detailed coverage of the strategies used in benchmark programs. In addition to intuitive explanations of key statistical tools, the general "design of experiments" technique is described to show how the maximum amount of information can be obtained with minimum effort. Features include appendices listing common probability distributions and statistical tables and a glossary of important technical terms.


  • Introduction
  • Metrics of performance
  • Average performance and variability
  • Errors in experimental measurements
  • Comparing alternatives
  • Measurement tools and techniques
  • Benchmark programs
  • Linear regression models
  • Design of experiments
  • Simulation and random number generation
  • Queueing analysis
  • Glossary
  • Appendices