COMP40550 Performance of Distributed 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: design of performance tests; model generation; model simulation using a commercial or open-source simulator; analysis and presentation of results.

NB. This is a professional module which is part of a professional MSc

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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;
4. appreciate the application of performance engineering techniques in an industrial context;
5. synthesize knowledge of performance engineering with previous industrial experience.

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 Requirements:

This module is only open to students on the MSc in Advanced
Software Engineering. For a similar module suitable for PhD
students, please see COMP47070.

Learning Recommendations:

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

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
COMP40010 - Performance of Comp Systems, COMP47070 - Perform Distrib Systems (PhD)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Written assignment/project 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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