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May 2011 Guerrilla Classes: Light Bulb Moments

May 23, 2011
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It's impossible to know what will constitute a light bulb moment for someone else. In the recent Guerrilla classes (GBoot and GCaP), we seemed to be having many more than our usual quota of such moments. So much so, that I decided to keep a list. The first was mine. Asa H. was having trouble...

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Applying PDQ in R to Load Testing

May 19, 2011
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Applying PDQ in R to Load Testing

PDQ is a library of functions that helps you to express and solve performance questions about computer systems using the abstraction of queues. The queueing paradigm is a natural choice because, whether big (a web site) or small (a laptop), all computer systems can be represented as a network or circuit of buffers and a buffer is a...

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Applying PDQ in R to Load Testing

May 19, 2011
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Applying PDQ in R to Load Testing

PDQ is a library of functions that helps you to express and solve performance questions about computer systems using the abstraction of queues. The queueing paradigm is a natural choice because, whether big (a web site) or small (a laptop), all computer systems can be represented as a network or circuit of buffers and a buffer is a...

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Reporting Standard Errors for USL Coefficients

November 13, 2010
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In a recent Guerrilla CaP Group discussion, Baron S. wrote:....BS> Using gnuplot against the dataset I gave, I get BS>    sigma   0.0207163 +/- 0.001323 (6.385%) BS>    kappa   0.000861226 +/- 5.414e-05 (6.287%) The Gnuplot output includes the errors for each of the universal scalability law (USL) coefficients. A question about the magnitude of...

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Reporting Standard Errors for USL Coefficients

November 13, 2010
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In a recent Guerrilla CaP Group discussion, Baron S. wrote:....BS> Using gnuplot against the dataset I gave, I get BS>    sigma   0.0207163 +/- 0.001323 (6.385%) BS>    kappa   0.000861226 +/- 5.414e-05 (6.287%) The Gnuplot output includes the errors for each of the universal scalability law (USL) coefficients. A question about the magnitude of...

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Confidence Bands for Universal Scalability Models

September 7, 2010
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Confidence Bands for Universal Scalability Models

In the recent GDAT class, confidence intervals (CI) for performance data were discussed. Their generalization to confidence bands (CB) for scalability projections using the USL model also came up informally. I showed a prototype plot but it was an ugly hack. Later requests from GDAT attendees to apply CBs to their own data meant I had...

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Confidence Bands for Universal Scalability Models

September 7, 2010
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Confidence Bands for Universal Scalability Models

In the recent GDAT class, confidence intervals (CI) for performance data were discussed. Their generalization to confidence bands (CB) for scalability projections using the USL model also came up informally. I showed a prototype plot but it was an ugly hack. Later requests from GDAT attendees to apply CBs to their own data meant I had...

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Where to Start with PDQ?

August 30, 2010
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Where to Start with PDQ?

Once you've downloaded PDQ with a view to solving your performance-related questions, the next step is getting started using it. Why not have some fun with blocks? Fun-ctional blocks, that is. Since all digital computers and network systems can be considered as a collection of functional blocks and these blocks often contain buffers, their performance can be modeled...

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Where to Start with PDQ?

August 30, 2010
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Where to Start with PDQ?

Once you've downloaded PDQ with a view to solving your performance-related questions, the next step is getting started using it. Why not have some fun with blocks? Fun-ctional blocks, that is. Since all digital computers and network systems can be considered as a collection of functional blocks and these blocks often contain buffers, their performance can be modeled...

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Excel Errors and Other Numerical Nightmares

August 25, 2010
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Excel Errors and Other Numerical Nightmares

Although I use Excel all the time, and I strongly encourage my students to use it for performance analysis and CaP, I was forced to include a warranty disclaimer in my GCaP book because I discovered a serious numerical error while writing Appendix B. There, my intention was just to show that Excel gives essentially the same results...

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