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The two even more fundamental performance metrics

In a recent blog post, I wrote about four fundamental metrics for system performance analysis. These are throughput, residence time, “weighted time” (the sum of all residence times in the observation period — the terminology …


Hacking for Faster Insertions: Is this really how you want to spend your time?

Recall that I’ve claimed that it takes 28 years to fill a disk with random insertions, given a set of reasonable assumptions. Recall what they are: We are focusing on the storage engine (a la …


Using LoadAvg for Performance Optimization

Linux and Unixes have excellent metric of system load called “loadavg”. In fact load average is is 3 numbers which correspond to “load average” calculated for one five and 15 minutes. It is computed as …