Theses and Dissertations


Maria Teran

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Luke, Edward A.

Committee Member

Boggess, Julian E.

Committee Member

Banicescu, Ioana

Committee Member

Reese, Donna

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science


A new domain of commercial applications demands the development of inexpensive parallel computing platforms to lower the cost of operations and increase the business profit. The calculation of returns on an IT investment is now important to justify the decision of upgrading or replacing parallel systems. This thesis presents a framework of the performance and economic factors that are considered when evaluating a parallel system. We introduce a metric called the cost/profit effective metric, which measures the effectiveness of a parallel system in terms of performance, cost and profit. This metric describes the profit obtained from the performance of three different domains for scaling: speed-up, throughput and/or scale-up. Cost is measured by the actual costs of a parallel system. We present two cases of study to demonstrate the application of this metric and analyze the results to support the evaluation of the parallel system on each case.