PERFORMANCE EVALUATION - updated on 3 June 2008


1.     Quantitative System Performance, E.D. Lazowska et al., Prentice-Hall, 1984 (out of print but available online).

2.     Queuing Analysis, W. Stallings, 2000.

3.     The Operational Analysis of Queueing Network Models, P.J. Denning and J.P. Buzen, Computing Surveys, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 225-261, Sep 1978.

4.     Basic Elements of Queuing Theory - Application to the Modelling of Computer Systems, P. Nain, 1998.

5.     Performance Evaluation: Techniques, Tools and Benchmarks, L.K. John, The Computer Engineering Handbook, CRC Press 2000.

6.     Workload Characterization: Motivation, Goals and Methodology, L.K. John, et. al., Workload Characterization Methodology & Case Studies, pp. 3-12, IEEE Computer Society Press, 1999.

Professional Organisations

ACM SIGMETRICS (Special Interest Group on Performance Measurement and Evaluation)

  • publishes Performance Evaluation Review newsletter

ACM SIGSIM (ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation)

CMG (Computer Measurement Group)

  • practical uses of computer performance,  useful to the practitioners
  • CMG Transactions (quarterly)

IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing)

  • Working Group 7.3 is devoted to computer systems modeling

Institute for Capacity Management (ICCM)

  • Capacity Management Review

IEEE Computer Society: Technical Committee on Simulation

Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS)

Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC)

The Society for Computer Simulation

  • publishes simulation books and journals

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

  • development of new mathematical techniques

The Operations Research Society of America (ORSA)

  • interests: operation research, queuing theory, game theory, network analysis, scheduling, simulation

Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC)


  • Performance Evaluation Review: Quarterly by ACM SIGMETRICS
  • Performance Evaluation, Twice a year by Elsevier Science
  • EDP Performance Review: Monthly
  • Simulation: Monthly by SCS
  • Transactions of the Society for Computer Simulation: Quarterly
  • Operations Research: Bimonthly by ORSA
  • ORSA Journal of Computing
  • SIAM Journal of Control and Optimisation
  • SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis
  • SIAM Journal of Computing
  • SIAM Journal of Scientific and Statistical Computing
  • Theory of Probability and Its Applications (SIAM)
  • Communication of ACM
  • IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
  • IEEE Transactions on Computers
  • ACM Transactions on Computers