Measurement Types and Relationships

The fundamental types are throughput, response time, queue length, and utilization. Nearly all the measurements you can make fit into one of these categories. You can perform a simple mental check whenever you are collecting a set of measurements to make sure that you are collecting at least one of each type. You do not have the complete picture and can easily be misled if you don’t have a complete set of measurements available to you. In some cases, given some of these measures or some related measures, you can calculate the complete set.

It is important to remember that it is the steady state average throughput, response time, queue length, and utilization that are being measured. The most common source ...

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