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Neil Gunther, Paul Puglia, Kristofer Tomasette - Hadoop Superlinear Scalability
The perpetual motion of parallel performance
Robert Sproull, Jim Waldo - The API Performance Contract
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Patrick Meenan - How Fast is Your Web Site?
Web site performance data has never been more readily available.
(newest first)Srinath, Cary's reference #5 is most likely what you are looking for. Learn more about Neil Gunther's "Universal Scalability Model" in his book "Guerrilla Capacity Planning". Kurt
Great article. Do you think it is practical/ possible the performance of a server via a equation? It will not be perfect, but still will help us to understand what it does. For example, I tried to draw the performance graph's some time bach throughput vs. concurrency and latency vs. concurrency http://srinathsview.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-measure-performance-of-server.html. Potentially, one can try to match a mathematical formula to the figure.