Load Testing

Load tests measure the performance of a system under stress. These tests try to mimic the worst of conditions the system might experience in production, and they attempt to answer the following questions:

  • Can the system function normally within the required performance specifications?

  • At what point does the system not meet the requirements?

  • Does load increase linearly or geometrically as you add stress to the system?

Determining Load Test Parameters

A load test stresses a system and monitors its performance under this load. The numbers a load test reports back to you mean nothing, however, without context. In general, you must structure the load test with the following specifications to obtain valuable results:

  • The mechanism used to ...

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