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Performance Engineering and Stochastic Modelling

Peter G. Harrison

Conference or Workshop Paper
European Performance Engineering Workshop (EPEW 2005) and International Workshop on Web Services and Formal Methods (WS-FM 2005), Versailles, France, September 1-3, 2005
August, 2005
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume 3670
DOI 10.1007/11549970_1

Performance engineering has become a central plank in the design of complex, time-critical systems. It is supported by stochastic modelling, a brief history of which is given, going back to Erlang as long ago as 1909. This in turn developed according to successive new generations of communication and computer architectures and other operational systems. Its evolution through queues and networks is reviewed, culminating in the unification of many specification and solution techniques in a common formalism, stochastic process algebra. Recent results are given on the automatic computation of separable solutions for the equilibrium state probabilities in systems specified in such a formalism. A performance engineering support environment is proposed to integrate these methods with others such as response time analysis and fluid models, which are better suited to large scale aggregation of similar components in a continuous space.


Invited talk for EPEW 2005

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