COMP40010 Performance of Computer Systems

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module provides students with an introduction to performance engineering applied to software systems, including cloud-based systems. Topics may include Measurement Techniques and Tools, Probability and Queueing Models, Test Design and Analysis, and Simulation. The practical work will test skills and techniques for performance assurance and testing, including some or all of the following: design of performance tests; model generation; model analysis using a commercial or open-source simulator or spreadsheet; analysis and presentation of results.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will:
1. have an appreciation of the state-of-the-art of performance engineering;
2. know and be able to apply analytical and simulation tools and techniques to tackle performance engineering of complex software systems;
3. have conducted performance analysis/evaluation exercises.

Indicative Module Content:

Topics vary, but are likely to include Measurement Techniques and Tools, Probability and Queueing Models, Test Design and Analysis, and Simulation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; practical sessions; formative practical exercises; practical assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Ability to write and design computer programs; understanding of the basics of computer systems.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
COMP40550 - Performance of Distributed Sys, COMP47070 - Perform Distrib Systems (PhD)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Assignment reports with possible interviews, along with one or more in-class test(s) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Professor John Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 15:00 - 16:50