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Course module: 192620300
Performance Evaluation
Course info
Course module192620300
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact P.T. de Boer
prof.dr. J.L. van den Berg
Examiner P.T. de Boer
Contactperson for the course P.T. de Boer
Academic year2023
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After completing this course successfully, the student can:
  • translate simple system-related performance problems into adequate performance models that can be solved by analytical means or simulation.
  • solve discrete- and continuous-time Markov-chain models;
  • analytically solve basic performance models of M/M/1 and M/G/1 type with various scheduling disciplines, including FCFS, Processor Sharing (PS) and priority scheduling;
  • analytically solve basic open queueing networks (feed-forward and Jackson queuing networks);
  • set up a simple event-based discrete-event simulation; analyse/interpret and properly present the outcome of these simulations;
  • explain the role and impact of model-based performance evaluation in comparison to measurements and simulations to investigate performance problems.
Well-performing communication networks are of critical importance to our society. Performance evaluation techniques are needed to analyse and optimize the performance of communication networks, both in the design phase and during operations. This course addresses the basics of performance evaluation of (fixed and wireless) communication networks, by making models of them and analyzing these using mathematical and simulation techniques.
Assumed previous knowledge
Students are expected to have a Bachelor's degree and need to have:
•        working knowledge in probability theory and statistics, as typically taught in introductory courses on probability theory, so that they can compute expected values, variances, et cetera.
•        a basic understanding of layered communication protocols/systems, as taught in the module Network Systems.
Participating study
Master Electrical Engineering
Participating study
Master Computer Science
Required materials
Recommended materials
B.R. Haverkort, Performance of Computer Communication Systems, John Wiley & Sons, 1998. ISBN 9780471972280. Online version
Course material
Selected set of papers. Titles to be decided.
Instructional modes


Written exam and (group) assignments

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