Measuring Windows NT -- Possibilities and Limitations

Yasuhiro Endo, Margo Seltzer

Abstract

The majority of today's computing takes place on interactive systems that use a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Performance of these systems is unique in that "good performance" is a reflection of a user's perception. In this paper, we explain why this unique environment requires a new methodological aproach. We describe a measurement/diagnostic tool currently under development and evaluate the feasibility of implementing such a tool under Windows NT. We then present several issues that must be resolved in order for Windows NT to become a popular research platform for this type of work.

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