High-Performance Client/Server

Chris Loosley, Frank Douglas

"Chris is one of the industry's most important thinkers on database design . . . I would strongly recommend this book to readers trying to get past the buzzwords and focus on what really makes a difference in achieving high-performance distributed systems." —David Stodder Editor-in-Chief, Database Programming & Design

Performance is not simply a matter of tuning the code or the computing environment—it starts with designing performance into the application from the outset, and spans all phases of the system life cycle. Drawing on his 25 years of experience, Chris Loosley explains the principles of software performance engineering and applies them to all facets of distributed systems architecture and design. Along the way, he summarizes his conclusions in over 250 useful, easily referenced guidelines. And he covers all the key topics, with chapters on Middleware, Architecture, Design, Tools, Databases, Replication, Warehousing, and Transaction Monitors.

Loosley's conclusions about the architecture and design of enterprise systems challenge many current middleware trends. Applying the performance principles, Loosley explains why the key to creating truly scalable distributed systems is to decompose complex business applications into multitransaction workflows, and to use asynchronous data replication, parallel processing, and batching techniques.


Sid Adelman, Sid Adelman and Associates

Nagraj Alur, DataBase Associates International

Charles Brett, C3B Consulting

Tom Cushing, Advanced Computer Services

Mike Ferguson, DataBase Associates International

John Kneiling, DataBase Associates International

David Linthicum, Ernst & Young

Alejandro Mimo, DataBase Associates International

Neal Nelson, Neal Nelson and Associates

George Peters, MCI Systemhouse

Colin White, DataBase Associates International

Paul Winsberg, DataBase Associates International

Chris Loosley is one of the original developers of DB2, a principal of DataBase Associates International, and a regular speaker on client/server performance issues. He is also a frequent contributor to Database Programming & Design and InfoDB.

Frank Douglas is a New York- based consultant specializing in the design and implementation of enterprise-wide distributed database systems.

Table of Contents

  • Connections.
  • Enterprise Client/Server.
  • Performance Fundamentals.
  • Software Performance Engineering.
  • Software Performance Engineering Activities.
  • Predicting Future Performance.
  • SPE Design Principles and Techniques.
  • The Workload Principle.
  • The Efficiency Principle.
  • The Locality Principle.
  • The Sharing Principle.
  • Database Locking.
  • The Parallelism Principle.
  • The Trade-off Principle.
  • Middleware and Performance.
  • Architecture for High Performance.
  • Design for High Performance.
  • Performance Tools.
  • Using DBMS Technology.
  • Using Data Replication.
  • Using Data Warehousing.
  • Transaction Managers and Transaction Monitors.
  • A Performance-Oriented Glossary.
  • Indexes.

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Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Wiley Computer Books


ISBN 0471162698
784 pages
November, 1997

Client/Server and Distributed Computing