Performance is a pervasive quality of software systems; everything affects it, from the software itself to all underlying layers, such as operating system, middleware, hardware, communication networks, etc. Software Performance Engineering encompasses efforts to describe and improve performance, with two distinct approaches: an early-cycle predictive modelbased approach, and a late-cycle measurement-based approach. Current progress and future trends within these two approaches are described, with a tendency (and a need) for them to converge, in order to cover the entire development cycle.

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Conference FoSE 2007: Future of Software Engineering
Woodside, M. (Murray), Franks, G, & Petriu, D. (2007). The future of software performance engineering. Presented at the FoSE 2007: Future of Software Engineering. doi:10.1109/FOSE.2007.32