This course runs in Semester 2 on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00. The first lecture will be Monday 16th January.
The lectures will be given by Jane Hillston.
The lectures will be in Room S1 in 7 George Square.
About the course:
This course teaches various aspects of computer-aided modelling for
performance evaluation of (stochastic) dynamic systems. The emphasis
is on stochastic modelling of computer systems and communication
networks; however other dynamic systems such as manufacturing systems
will also be considered. The central concept of the course will be
that a model, as well as being an abstract representation of a system,
is a tool which we can exploit to derive information about the
system. The more detail we invest in the model, the more sophisticated
the information we can extract from it. As the course progresses the
models will become increasingly detailed; the corresponding solution
techniques will similarly become more complex, relying on increasing
levels of computer assistance and visualisation.
You can find some useful mathematical background material for the course here.
If you are not already comfortable with all these concepts you will need to put in some additional work to begin with to get up to speed. This material will be assumed.
The course lecture notes are by
Lecture notes will be available at least 24 hours prior to each lecture on the webpage and the slides generally within 24 hours after the lecture.
There will be a final lecture, a revision lecture, in April 2017.
This will be announced via the class mailing list.
Software and models:
Over the course we will encounter a number of different approaches to
constructing performance models and software tools to support their
use. Example models will be made available here and students are
encouraged to use the examples to gain a deeper understanding of both
the modelling styles and the software tools.
Coursework and Feedback:
The summative feedback for the course will be two pieces of assessed coursework.
- Practical 1 will be issued on 19th January.
The deadline is 4pm on 14th February 2017.
Marked submissions will be returned on or before 27th February 2017.
- Practical 2 will be issued on 24th October.
The deadline is 4pm on 21st March 2017.
Marked submissions will be returned on or before 3rd April 2017.
There are no tutorials for this course but individual assistance is available: mail me and make an appointment Jane.Hillston@ed.ac.uk.
Individual personalised feedback will be written on your submission and a specimen solution will be provided.
Formative feedback will be provided throughout the course in a variety of forms:
- Unmarked exercises will be given at the end of lectures to allow students to test their understanding; the solution will be given at the start of the next lecture;
- Larger examples will sometimes be undertaken during lectures, when the lecturer is able to go round and give advice on the approach taken; in this case the solution will be presented in the same lecture;
- A specific two hour revision lecture is given after the end of the course, going over past exam questions and reinforcing topics requested by the class.
The examples and exercises in class are intended to deepen your understanding of the material of the course and prepare you for the assessed practicals. The revision lecture is an important preparation for the exam.
There is no textbook for this course but extensive notes will be given.
If you want further information on the topics covered you may consider the books in the course booklist.