Reviews of “Systems Performance”

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scott_s 7 hours ago | link

This is brilliant – I just spent 15 minutes browsing his site, and I am seriously considering purchasing his book.I’m recently realized that I have built up a lot of intuition over the years for how to improve the performance of interesting applications on real systems. I follow a lot of these procedures. Recently, I’ve been trying to explain to others how to do this, but I’ve been explaining it in an ad-hoc manner, as it comes up. Turns out, Brendan Gregg has already explained it all in a systematic, digestible way.

Really brilliant stuff. Computer systems are discoverable, we can always figure out what’s going on with enough patience, reasoning, a systematic approach, and the right tools. I’m glad to have a resource I can send to others, and that I can hopefully learn more from.


incision 3 hours ago | link

>’I am seriously considering purchasing his book.’In my opinion, you should go ahead and do it.

It’s available on Safari where I’m a subscriber, but I grabbed a copy anyway – it’s not just good, but pretty damn unique in that it supplies a wide breadth while maintaining good depth of coverage.


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Brendan is reticent about blowing his own horn. So I gathered this list for him:

ps You can order the book from InformIT or Amazon.

Pearson Education (InformIT)

Systems Performance Book Videos

While Brendan was writing his new book Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud, we filmed some short videos about why he wanted to write a systems performance book, how hard it was to get started, and about a few chapters as he completed them…

Then life became busy and insane (partly because he was writing a book, but not only), and we didn’t shoot anything at all for months. And then, finally, the book was finished.

Many months after that, when the book was finally in print, we launched it at a meetup of BayLISA, where Brendan gave a long talk on all of it, with in-depth look at Chapter 6: CPUs.

The book is also available from Informitin paper, ebook, or a bundle of both!

Why a Systems Performance Book?

Using videos to promote books has become standard practice in the last few years, as Brendan Gregg and I were well aware while he was writing his latest. We’ve made many videos together, so we figured it would be easy to film a series of brief videos, say one per chapter, during the writing of this book.

It didn’t quite work out that way, but we got a few, starting with the one above.

ps You can order the book from InformIT or Amazon.