Feedback Control for Computer Systems

Feedback Control for Computer Systems

by Philipp K. Janert


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Feedback Control for Computer Systems by Philipp K. Janert

How can you take advantage of feedback control for enterprise programming? With this book, author Philipp K. Janert demonstrates how the same principles that govern cruise control in your car also apply to data center management and other enterprise systems. Through case studies and hands-on simulations, you’ll learn methods to solve several control issues, including mechanisms to spin up more servers automatically when web traffic spikes.

Feedback is ideal for controlling large, complex systems, but its use in software engineering raises unique issues. This book provides basic theory and lots of practical advice for programmers with no previous background in feedback control.

  • Learn feedback concepts and controller design
  • Get practical techniques for implementing and tuning controllers
  • Use feedback “design patterns” for common control scenarios
  • Maintain a cache’s “hit rate” by automatically adjusting its size
  • Respond to web traffic by scaling server instances automatically
  • Explore ways to use feedback principles with queueing systems
  • Learn how to control memory consumption in a game engine
  • Take a deep dive into feedback control theory

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449361693
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2013
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 1,298,614
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Philipp K. Janert was born and raised in Germany. He obtained aPh.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Washington in 1997and has been working in the tech industry since, including four yearsat, where he initiated and led several projects to improveAmazon's order fulfillment process. He is the author of two books ondata analysis, including the best-selling "Data Analysis with OpenSource Tools" (O'Reilly, 2010), and his writings have appeared, IBM developerWorks, IEEE Software, and in the LinuxMagazine. He has contributed to CPAN and other open-sourceprojects. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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