System Performance Tuning
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: November 1990
Pages: 332

System Performance Tuning answers one of the most fundamental questions you can ask about your UNIX-based computer: How can I get it to do more work without buying more hardware? Anyone who has ever used a computer has wished that the system was faster, particularly at times when it was under heavy load.

If your system gets sluggish when you start a big job, if it feels as if you spend hours waiting for remote file access to complete, if your system stops dead when several users are active at the same time, you need to read this book. Some performance problems do require you to buy a bigger or faster computer, but many can be solved simply by making better use of the resources you already have.

Contents include:

  • Real and perceived performance problems.
  • Simple tricks to improve keyboard response.
  • Locating your problem; finding out what your system is doing.
  • Using tools such as at and batch to manage system load.
  • Surviving without a lot of memory.
  • Configuring your I/O system for the best throughput.
  • Detecting an overworked or malfunctioning network.
  • Building a kernel that uses your system more efficiently.
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System Performance Tuning Review

By Mario

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Comments about oreilly System Performance Tuning:

This is a great book to start learning about Unix System Performance tuning and should be required reading for anyone wanting to gain insight into the concepts of kernel tuning. However, having been last published in 1990, it neglects many aspects of a modern Unix OS. Tuning a Unix system for Web services is much different than tuning a system for an RDBMS or Application Server. RAID is only briefly mentioned and only as striping. Many performance issues arise when using RAID, especially when dealing with I/O blocksize for requests descending a vendor's filesystem, software RAID, hardware RAID and finally to physical disk. What about dealing with sychronous vs. asynchronous I/O? Small files vs. large files? A discussion of storage strategies is absent. This is all compounded in complexity by the proprietary filesystems the vendors have developed to achieve essentially the same goals. No discussion of filesystem journaling is contained in this book; however the discussion and explanation of filesystem buffers (nbuf) is good. A great deal of understanding Unix is understanding it's roots. "System Performance Tuning" is one step in that understanding.

 
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System Performance Tuning Review

By M. Chon

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Comments about oreilly System Performance Tuning:

This book is 10 years old. Here's a quote from page 136: "If you are going to invest in a really large disk drive (1-GB drives are now available from several vendors), you may as well spend the extra money and get one with good performance characteristics."

Can we have a revised edition, please? This is an excellent book but just a tad out-of-date.

 
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By Thomas Francis

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I bought this book earlier this month without realising that it was published in 1990. Some of the basics are detailed extremely well and I found the book very useful. However, a 10 year old reference book on computer systems just wont do.

 
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By Gregg Owens

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Comments about oreilly System Performance Tuning:

If you are reading this, you already respect the O'Reilly book collection. The first edition of the system performance tuning book is excellent. But, 10 years is an eternity in the computer world, I'm sure I can speak for many by saying we all look forward to an update to this invaluable reference.

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