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Foundations of Software and System Performance Engineering: Process, Performance Modeling, Requirements, Testing, Scalability, and Practice by André B. Bondi

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Chapter 8. System Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation

We describe the motivation for system measurement and explore tools and techniques for doing so. Measurement pitfalls and instrumentation flaws will be used to illustrate the need for the validation of measurement tools. We will also examine the applicability and limitations of profiling tools and measurements embedded in the applications.

8.1 General

In earlier chapters we underscored the need to ensure that performance requirements be expressed in measurable terms so that they can be verified. In this chapter we look at reasons for gathering measurements, including verifying performance requirements. We will examine some of the tools with which measurements can be gathered. Discussion ...

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