Sunday, January 22, 2012

Throughput-Delay Curves

A colleague of mine at asked me if I'd ever seen curves like this:

Not only is the answer, yes (it's a throughput-delay plot or XR plot in my notation), but that particular plot comes from my GCaP course notes. There, I use it to analyze the comparative performance of a functional multiprocessor (NS6000) and a symmetric multiprocessor (SC2000). Note how the two curves cross at around 1500 OPS. You can ask yourself why and if you can't come up with an explanation, you should be registering for a Guerrilla class. :)

The above XR plot also serves as a useful reminder that the throughput and response-time metrics are not only dependent on one another, but they are generally dependent in a nonlinear way—despite what some experts may claim:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Year in Review 2011

Some days I wonder if I ever actually accomplish anything anymore. Maybe it's time to just pack it in and become a greeter at Walmart. I know a bit about how queues work, so that should put me a few notches ahead of the competition. And I would expect the competition to be fierce because it's a pretty cushy job; but not every day, apparently.

Before taking the big leap, I decided it might be a good idea to note down some of the technical projects I've worked on this year (over and above the daily grind):