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The Performance Cockpit Approach: A Framework for Systematic Performance Evaluations

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Executive Summary

Evaluating the performance (timing behavior, throughput, and resource utilization) of a software system becomes more and more challenging as today's enterprise applications are built on a large basis of existing software (e.g., middleware, legacy applications, and third party services). As the performance of a system is affected by multiple factors on each layer of the system, performance analysts require detailed knowledge about the system under test and have to deal with a huge number of tools for benchmarking, monitoring, and analyzing. In practice, performance analysts try to handle the complexity by focusing on certain aspects, tools, or technologies. However, these isolated solutions are inefficient due to the small reuse and knowledge sharing.

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