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Computer Systems Performance Analysis
and Benchmarking
Exam 37-235


Chapters covered in the exam: (for exam 2003)

  • fully covered (knowledge required for a good grade):
    • Intro, Mistakes, Systematic Approach, Techniques: 1, 2, 3;
    • Benchmarks, Clustering, Monitors, Ratio Games 4, 5, 6, 7, 11;
    • Statistical Basics 12, 13, 14, 29.6, 29.12, 29.15 (three distributions);
    • Experimental Design 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21;
    • Simulation, Random Numbers 24, 25, 26.1;
  • recommended and/or fun to read: 8, 9, 10, 22, 26.2-26.8, 27
  • definitely not covered: 15, 23, 28, 29 (except for above), 30-35

General rule for oral exams in Performance Evaluation:

Receipes and Formulas will be available to you in the exam, but you must understand them enough to use them properly in a given context. This is as close as we can get to real engineering practice. Have your pocket calculator with you.


Departement Informatik der ETH Zürich
Jan 2003
Christian Kurmann, < kurmann_at_inf.ethz.ch >