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At last! Performance analysis made easy and applicable for large distributed systems. Here is a practical new perspective on performance analysis--one that makes this difficult subject understandable and useful. It demystifies the complex underlying formulas, and shows how to apply performance analysis to all kinds of large-scale computer systems, including client/server and communications systems. At the heart of this book is a unique methodology called performance-by-design. Timeless and independent of any specific technology, it is a tested approach for ensuring that goals are set and met. The emphasis is on assessing overall performance in large-scale systems, not just tuning one particular hardware subsystem or software compoenet. The chief tool supporting this methodology is the queueing analyzer, the C source code of which is provided on the accompanying diskette. This tool enables you to bypass such arcane concerns as the mathematics of queueing theory, and cut right to the real-world chase. Written in a friendly, intuitive style, this book will help you master performance analysis and apply it at either end of the development cycle: to support decisions in the early stages of system design, or to evaluate your existing system. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Neil J. Gunther was born in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Southampton, England, and began working in American's Silicon Valley at the dawn of the PC revolution. After eight years as a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, he joint Pyramid Technology as a Senior Scientist and Manager of Performance Analysis. In 1994 he founded Computer Dynamics Consulting, advising such clients as Amdahl Corporation, Tandem Computers, and Demand Technology on performance tool development and planning strategies for large-scale computer systems. Dr. Gunther is also a developer of distributed performance management tools, worldwide lecturer, and author of more than 50 professional articles. He lives in Mountain View, California.

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Neil Gunther, M.Sc., Ph.D. is an internationally recognized computer system performance consultant who founded Performance Dynamics Company (www.perfdynamics.com) in 1994. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he has resided near Silicon Valley in California for 25 years. In that time he has held teaching positions at California State University-Hayward and San Jose University, as well as research and management positions at Xerox PARC and Pyramid/Siemens Technology, and also worked on the JPL/NASA Voyager and Galileo missions. His performance and capacity planning classes have been presented at such organizations as America Online (AOL), Boeing, FedEx, Motorola, Stanford University, and Sun Microsystems. In 1996, Dr. Gunther was awarded Best Technical Paper at Computer Measurement Group, and in 1997 was nominated for the A.A. Michelson Award. He is a member of the ACM, AMS, CMG, IEEE, and SIGMETRICS.

"Dr. Mabub Hassan" is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where he directs advanced research and development activities in the Network Research Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

"Raj Jain" is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nayna Networks, Inc.--an optical systems company in Milpitas, CA. He is currently on a leave of absence From Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he is a professor of computer and Information Sciences.

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