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Title: Performance and Reliability Analysis of Computer Systems: An
ExampleBased Approach Using the SHARPE Software Package (The Red
Book) Authors: Robin A. Sahner, Kishor S. Trivedi and Antonio Puliafito
Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996.
ISBN number: 0792396502
Description:
This book provides a variety of probabilistic,
discretestate models used to
assess the reliability and performance of computer and communication
systems. The models included are combinatorical reliability models
(reliability block diagras, fault trees and reliability graphs),
directed, acyclic task precedence graphs, Markov and semiMarkov models
(including Markov reward models), productform queueing networks and
generlized stochastic Petri nets. A practical appreach to system
modeling is followed; and, by use of the SHARPE tool, all of the
examples described are solved and analyzed.
In structureing the
book, the authors have been careful to provide the reader with a
methodological approach to analytical modeling techniques. These
techniques are not seen as alternatives but rather as an integral part
of a single process of assessment which, by hierarchically combining
results from different kinds of models, makes it possible to use
statespace methods for those parts of a system that require them and
nonstatespace methods for the more wellbehaved parts of the
system.
The SHARPE (Symbolic Hierarchical Automated Reliability
and Performance Evaluator) package is the "toolchest" which allows the
authors to specify stochastic modles easily and solve them quickly,
adopting model hierarchies and very efficient solution techniques. All
the models described in the book are specified and solved using the
SHARPE language; its syntax is described and the source code of almost
all the examples discussed is provided.
This book is suitable
for use in advanced level courses covering reliability and performance
of computer and communications systems and by researchers and practicing
whose work involves modeling of system performance and reliability.

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