Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore

CS5239 Computer Systems Performance Analysis

AY2010/11 Semester 2










This course aims to provide students with a working knowledge of computer performance evaluation.  It covers fundamental techniques such as measurement and mathematical modeling. The module is divided into four main parts: capacity planning, measurement techniques and tools, analytic modeling techniques and case studies. Topics include: capacity planning; measurement techniques and tools covering performance metrics, workload characterization, and instrumentation; analytical modeling techniques covering operational analysis, stochastic queuing network analysis; principles of scalable performance.



Assoc Professor Teo Yong Meng

Room  : COM2, #04-39

E-mail  : teoym AT

URL     :

Teaching Assistant : Cristina Carbunaru (ccristina AT 

Lecture                      : Thu, 1830-2030, COM1/204

Consultation Hours : Wed, 0900-1100

Examination             : Apr 27, 2011, evening (to be confirmed)

Modular Credits       : 4


Main Textbooks

      The Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis: Techniques for Experimental Design, Measurement, Simulation and Modeling, R. Jain, John-Wiley, 1991.   [Errata]

        Quantitative System Performance, E.D. Lazowska et al., Prentice-Hall, 1984.

        Measuring Computer Performance - A Practitioner's Guide, D.J. Lilja, Cambridge University Press, 2000.


Module Assessment:

        continuous assessment - 60%  

        final examination - 40% (open book exam)



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