Performance management of event processing systems

  • Chunhui Li

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This thesis is a study of performance management of Complex Event Processing (CEP) systems. Since CEP systems have distinct characteristics from other well-studied computer systems such as batch and online transaction processing systems and database-centric applications, these characteristics introduce new challenges and opportunities to the performance management for CEP systems.
    Methodologies used in benchmarking CEP systems in many performance studies focus on scaling the load injection, but not considering the impact of the functional capabilities of CEP systems. This thesis proposes the approach of evaluating the performance of CEP engines’ functional behaviours on events and develops a benchmark platform for CEP systems: CEPBen. The CEPBen benchmark platform is developed to explore the fundamental functional performance of event processing systems: filtering, transformation and event pattern detection. It is also designed to provide a flexible environment for exploring new metrics
    and influential factors for CEP systems and evaluating the performance of CEP systems.
    Studies on factors and new metrics are carried out using the CEPBen benchmark platform on Esper. Different measurement points of response time in performance management of CEP systems are discussed and response time of targeted event is proposed to be used as a metric for quality of service evaluation combining with the traditional response time in CEP systems. Maximum query load as a capacity indicator regarding to the complexity of queries and number of live objects in memory as a performance indicator regarding to the memory management are proposed in performance management of CEP systems. Query depth
    is studied as a performance factor that influences CEP system performance.
    Date of Award3 Dec 2014
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorRobert Berry (Supervisor)


    • complex event processing
    • performance management
    • benchmark
    • response time
    • throughput
    • complexity of queries
    • garbage collection

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