May 2010 Monthly Meeting Summary
Load Testing - presentation by Mike Chyi, Micro Focus Ltd.
* Load testing, performance testing, stress testing - what's the difference between them?
* What kind of results/data/metrics are most useful?
* Load testing strategies
* Tool choice considerations
* Web load testing
* Identifying bottlenecks
Mike Chyi has over twenty years of experience in the IT industry with
fifteen years in software testing specially focused on load testing;
his work in resolving numerous performance issues has positioned
him as a subject matter expert, trainer, trusted advisor and mentor. He
has led load testing projects while working at Performix,
Compuware, and currently at
Micro Focus Ltd. as a specialist in Performance
Testing. Mike has a Ph.D degree in Geology from Princeton and a MS degree
in Computer Science from John Hopkins.
Took place on: Wed. May 12 2010 6:30 PM
- 'Endurance testing' - testing at load for a long period of time to surface problems like memory leaks, etc
- Can be useful to use the term 'emulation' and not 'simulation' when describing load testing that's hitting production servers
- 90% of current load testing is web load testing
- Need to consider much besides planning for results data for load testing - need a team effort to analyze results, plan use cases,
tune system, set up test/prod environments, server side monitoring and metrics, etc
- Often best to focus on a few simple scripts initially in a load testing effort, even just a login
- Useful to consider for load testing demo purposes: run simple manual GUI tests while load testing is underway
- MicroFocus, which last year took ownership of the Borland line of automated test tools,
is the vendor for the SilkPerformer load testing tool;
is the download link for SilkPerformer.
- Meeting presentation file (2.4 MB PDF file)
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