COMP40010 Performance of Computer Systems

Academic Year 2019/2020

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 provide experience with techniques for performance assurance and testing, for example: design of performance tests; model generation; model simulation; analysis and presentation of results. Please note that this module's practical work and assignments are done in groups of 2 or 3 students; significant work on the assignments outside the scheduled practical sessions is to be expected.

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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 a detailed performance evaluation of a sample system.

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
Class Test: In-class test Varies over the Trimester n/a Other No


Continuous Assessment: Written reports based on practical work Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Professor John Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer