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The Data Access Handbook: Achieving Optimal Database Application Performance and Scalability by Robert A. Steward, John Goodson

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CHAPTER NINE: Developing Good Benchmarks

Benchmarks measure the performance of an application or system on a well-defined task or set of tasks and are often designed to accomplish one or more of the following goals:

• Predict the performance of a new application or system component

• Diagnose and pinpoint performance bottlenecks

• Plan for a system’s future capacity

• Determine the impact of a change to an application, such as a change to application code or a change in a hardware or software component

• Ensure a minimum level of performance

• Compare components, such as different database drivers

Performance is typically measured by throughput, scalability, response time, or a combination.

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