11th Systems Administration Conference (LISA '97)
Pinpointing System Performance Issues
Douglas L. Urner
Berkeley Software Design, Inc.
The explosive growth of the Internet in recent years has created a
heretofore unprecedented demand for system performance. In many
cases, system administrators have been left scrambling, trying to
understand the performance issues raised by the loads and new
technologies they are facing.
This paper suggests methods for
analyzing system performance potential, prioritizing the search for
bottlenecks and identifying problem areas. While many of the specific
tuning suggestions are particular to BSD/OS and other 4.4BSD
derivatives, the principles on which they are based should generalize
well to any system being used to provide Internet services.
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