Stress Testing Your Beans

The idea of performing stress or load tests is to be able to determine how many users the system can support without degrading and also how the system will degrade as the number of users increase. With load testing, you keep running tests, modifying your configuration, and then re-running the tests. You will start to see how different configurations help or hinder your application’s capability to handle increased user loads. All applications have a breaking point where too many users can bring the system to its knees. The point of conducting load tests is to determine what that number is.

Similar to performance tools, there are several good load-testing tools on the market. Table 18.2 lists a few of the most popular. ...

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