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Performance Tools
May/June 1990 (vol. 7 no. 3)
pp. 21-30

Performance tools are a way of making systematic the work needed to carry out performance studies so that several studies can be carried out more easily and be compared in a consistent way. After a brief overview by K. Nichols, 11 selected tools are introduced, in separate presentations, by their originating organizations. Four are strictly commercial products; most of the rest are available for a small distribution fee. They cover algorithms, architectures, their interactions, and testing of programs to meet real-time constraints. They target a range of systems: communications, computers, manufacturing, control, and embedded systems. Subjects included in the descriptions include Ada program tuning, real-time monitoring of N-cube programs, animated and analytical solution of queueing-system models, real-time and postmortem event-trace display, instrumented systems, and discrete-event simulation. The tools covered are: Network Architecture Simulation System; Q+, PM; Perspective; Axe; Hyperview; Simple/Care; Poker; Triplex; Arts; and Jed.

Index Terms:
performance tools; program testing; algorithms; architectures; real-time constraints; Ada program tuning; real-time monitoring; queueing-system models; instrumented systems; discrete-event simulation; Network Architecture Simulation System; Q+; PM; Perspective; Axe; Hyperview; Simple/Care; Poker; Triplex; Arts; Jed; performance evaluation; software tools
Kathleen D. Nichols, "Performance Tools," IEEE Software, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 21-30, May-June 1990, doi:10.1109/52.55223
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