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Postgraduate Course: Performance Modelling (Level 11) (INFR11082)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website http://course.inf.ed.ac.uk/pm Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course teaches various aspects of computer-aided modelling for performance evaluation of (stochastic) dynamic systems. The main focus is on stochastic modelling of computer systems and communication networks to assess performance characteristics such as throughput, response time etc.; however other dynamic systems such as manufacturing systems may also be considered. The central concept of the course will be that a model is as an abstract representation of a system which can be used as a tool to derive information about dynamic behaviour of 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 model will become increasingly detailed; the corresponding solution techniques will similarly become more complex, relying on increasing levels of computer assistance.

This course is identical to the level 10 version except for the assessed coursework and additional learning outcome.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.

- A solid background in mathematical thinking is required.
- Probability theory will be used extensively: Random variables, expectation, Markov chains, exponential distributions, joint and conditional probabilities.
- Basic linear algebra.
- A basic level of understanding of the architecture and operation of computer systems and networks.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information