Some topics in web performance analysis
Abstract (Summary)This thesis consists of four papers on web performance analysis. In the first paper we investigate the performance of overload control through queue length for two different web server architectures. The simulation result suggests that the benefit of request prioritization is noticeable only when the capacities of the sub-systems match each other. In the second paper we present an M/G/1/K*PS queueing model of a web server. We obtain closed form expressions for web server performance metrics such as average response time, throughput and blocking probability. The model is validated through real measurements. The third paper studies a queueing system with a load balancer and a pool of identical FCFS queues in parallel. By taking the number of servers to infinite, we show that the average waiting time for the system is not always minimized by routing each customer to the expected shortest queue when the information used for decision is stale. In the last paper we consider the problem of admission control to an M/M/1 queue under periodic observations with average cost criterion. The problem is formulated as a discrete time Markov decision process whose states are fully observable. A proof of the existence of the average optimal policy by the vanishing discounted approach is provided. We also show that the optimal policy is nonincreasing with respect to the observed number of customers in the system.
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/2004