Chapter Six. Benchmarks as an Aid to Understanding Workload Performance

By Gerrit Huizenga

Introduction

In Chapter 4, “System Performance Monitoring,” we talked about monitoring the performance aspects of a system as a way to understand some of the characteristics of a workload. We also looked at some tools for monitoring individual applications. These tools typically provide information about the system's performance at a specific point in time. Some tools also monitor the system at regular intervals and log performance statistics, allowing a performance analyst to watch how the system's performance changes over time. Although performance monitoring data can be critical to understanding how a workload operates over time, such data is only a one-dimensional ...

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