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New Tool Accepted

LibReDE: a library for resource demand estimation

A new tool was accepted for SPEC RG's repository of peer-reviewed tools for quantitative system evaluation and analysis: LibReDE.

LibReDE is a library for resource demand estimation. Resource demands are a common input parameter to stochastic performance models (e.g., Queueing Networks, or Queueing Petri Nets). LibReDE helps to determine resource demand values based on monitoring data from a system (e.g., CPU utilization, response time, or throughput).

A resource demand is the time a unit of work (e.g., request or transaction) spends obtaining service from a resource (e.g., CPU or hard disk) in a system. Resource demands are input parameters of widely used stochastic performance formalisms (e.g., Queueing Networks or Queueing Petri Nets). In order to obtain accurate performance predictions for a system, a performance engineer needs to determine representative values for the resource demands during performance model construction.

Given that there are no publicly available implementations of estimation approaches, a performance engineer is currently forced to implement estimation approaches on his own. This is a time-consuming and error-prone task. LibReDE is a library supporting performance engineers to determine resource demands by providing a set of ready-to-use implementations of estimation approaches. Based on the actual system and the available monitoring data, the estimation library can automatically determine a set of candidate estimation approaches and execute them. A performance engineer can then validate the resulting resource demand estimates and select the approach that yields the best results. Furthermore, the library also provides a framework that can be used as a basis by developers of estimation approaches. Through reuse, the effort for adapting existing estimation approaches or for implementing new ones, can be significantly reduced.

 

Further submissions of tools to SPEC RG repository are encouraged. After a careful review process, the tools are published on the SPEC RG website. The tools are redistributed without modification and the submitter retains the associated rights and responsibilities.

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