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Title: Performance modelling and analysis of e-commerce systems using class based priority scheduling : an investigation into the development of new class based priority scheduling mechanisms for e-commerce system combining different techniques
Author: Nafea, Ibtehal T.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 8135
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2012
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Recently, technological developments have affected most lifestyles, especially with the growth in Internet usage. Internet applications highlight the E-commerce capabilities and applications which are now available everywhere; they receive a great number of users on a 24-7 basis because online services are easy to use, faster and cheaper to acquire. Thus E-commerce web sites have become crucial for companies to increase their revenues. This importance has identified certain effective requirements needed from the performance of these applications. In particular, if the web server is overloaded, poor performance can result, due to either a huge rate of requests being generated which are beyond the server's capacity, or due to saturation of the communication links capacity which connects the web server to the network. Recent researches consider the overload issue and explore different mechanisms for managing the performance of E-commerce applications under overload condition. This thesis proposes a formal approach in order to investigate the effects of the extreme load and the number of dropped requests on the performance of E- III commerce web servers. The proposed approach is based on the class-based priority scheme that classifies E-commerce requests into different classes. Because no single technique can solve all aspects of overload problems, this research combines several techniques including: admission control mechanism, session-based admission control, service differentiation, request scheduling and queuing model-based approach. Request classification is based on the premise that some requests (e.g. buy) are generally considered more important than others (e.g. browse or search). Moreover, this research considers the extended models from Priority Scheduling Mechanism (PSM). These models add a new parameter, such as a review model or modify the basic PSM to low priority fair model, after the discovery of ineffectiveness with low priority customers or to add new features such as portal models. The proposed model is formally specified using the π-calculus in early stage of models design and a multi-actor simulation was developed to reflect the target models as accurately as possible and is implemented as a Java-based prototype system. A formal specification that captures the essential PSM features while keeping the performance model sufficiently simple is presented. Furthermore, the simplicity of the UML bridges the gap between π-calculus and Java programming language. IV There are many metrics for measuring the performance of E-commerce web servers. This research focuses on the performance of E-commerce web servers that refer to the throughput, utilisation, average response time, dropped requests and arrival rate. A number of experiments are conducted in order to test the performance management of the proposed approaches.
Supervisor: Awan, Irfan U.; Holton, Robert; Younas, Muhammad Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: E-commerce-Performance-Priority ; Scheduling ; Mechanism-Overload ; Performance modelling ; Class Based Priority Scheduling ; Class based priority scheduling ; E-commerce