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Randal E. Bryant, David R. O'Hallaron
For Computer Systems, Computer Organization and Architecture courses in CS, EE, and ECE departments. Few students studying computer science or computer engineering will ever have the opportunity to build a computer system. On the other hand, most students will be required to use and program computers on a near daily basis. Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective introduces the important and enduring concepts that underlie computer systems by showing how these ideas affect the correctness, performance, and utility of application programs. The text's hands-on approach (including a comprehensive set of labs) helps students understand the “under-the-hood” operation of a modern computer system and prepares them for future courses in systems topics such as compilers, computer architecture, operating systems, and networking. Visit the CSS:AP web page http://csapp.cs.cmu.edu for more information and resources.
The Berkeley DB Book is intended to be a practical guide to the intricacies of Berkeley DB; an in-depth analysis of the complex design issues which are often covered in terse footnotes in the dense Berkeley DB reference manual. It explains the technology at a higher level and also covers the internals with generous code and design examples. Berkeley DB is becoming the database of choice for appliance makers and for in memory cache of large scale applications like search engines and high traffic web sites.
Daniel A. Menascé, Virgilio A. F. Almeida
"This excellent book presents a new way to model, analyze, and plan for these new performance problems associated with the Web's bursty and highly-skewed load characteristics. A valuable resource for students and for Web administrators." -- "Jim Gray, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research" " "Many have said that the Web is too amorphous and chaotic to permit meaningful performance forecasts. Menasce and Almeida demolish this myth. Throughput, response time, and congestion can be measured and predicted, all using familiar tools from queueing networks that you can run on your own computer. There is no other book like this. It is a first." -- "Peter J. Denning, Professor of Computer Science, George Mason University and former President of the ACM" " "This book takes the mystery out of analyzing Web performance. The authors have skillfully culled through more than a 25 years of research, and selected the results most critical to Web performance, and developed important new material that deals directly with the special properties of applications that run on the Web. With everything together in a single volume, Menasce and Almeida have created a superb starting point for anyone wishing to explore the world of Web performance." -- "Jeffrey P. Buzen, Chief Scientist and CoFounder, BGS Systems" " "This is a welcome approach to the performance analysis of today's web-based Internet. It is a useful and practical treatment that is eminently accessible to the non-mathematical professional. An impressive feature the authors provide is to deal directly with the fractal nature of web-based traffic; no simple and practical treatment has been offered before, and theirs is a timelycontribution." -- "Leonard Kleinrock, Professor of Computer Science, UCLA" " As more and more businesses rely on distributed client/server and Web-based applications, performance considerations become extremely important. "Capacity Planning for Web Performance" uses quantitative methods to analyze these systems. It leads the capacity planner, in a step-by-step fashion, through the process of determining the most cost-effective system configurations and networking architectures. The quantitative methods lead to the development of performance-predictive models for capacity planning. Instead of relying on intuition, ad hoc procedures, and rules of thumb, Capacity Planning for Web Performance provides a uniform and sound way for dealing with performance problems. A large number of numeric and practical examples help the reader understand the quantitative approach adopted here. Includes a CD-ROM containing several Microsoft Excel(r) workbooks supported by Visual Basic(r) modules, samples of http logs, and programs to process them. The Excel workbooks allow the readers to immediately put into practice the methods and models discussed here. Includes the following tools for analyzing client/server systems, intranets, and Internet Web sites: Performance-oriented analysis of network protocols Modeling of delays Workload characterization and forecasting Use of industry-standard benchmarks Queuing network-based models