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A Short Course in Performance Testing

1 Day

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This workshop is designed to teach people in a tutorial/workshop format how to plan and conduct a performance test. The objectives of this course is to define the processes, tools, issues and challenges for performance testing in a variety of environments – web, client/server and mainframe.

Attendees will leave this session with practical experience in planning and performing load and stress testing.

Contact us for information about how to bring this course into your organization.


ISTD - Performance Testing (1:30)

  • Key Concerns
  • The Challenge
  • Hitting the Performance Wall
  • Performance Testing Terminology
  • Prerequisites
  • Load Levels
  • Load Levels with Response
  • Type of Technology
  • Web Load Testing – Connection Speed Makes a Difference
  • Web Load Testing – Audience Location Makes a Difference
  • An E-Commerce Schematic
  • Client/Server Load Testing
  • Mainframe Load Testing
  • Manual vs. Automated Tools
    • Which Tools are Applicable?
    • How Can Tools Help?
  • Common Problems and Pitfalls
  • Memory Leaks
    • Anatomy of a Boundary Violation
    • Anatomy of a Memory Leak
    • How to Test for Memory Leaks
    • Bounds Checkers
    • Example: NuMega Bounds Checker Interface
  • A Performance Testing Process
    • Define Objectives
    • Prepare Test Plan
    • Profile Performance Levels
    • Define Processes to be Tested
    • Execute Tests / Record Performance Data
    • Analyze Performance Test Results
  • Building and Controlling the Performance Test Environment
    • Hardware
    • Tools
    • Data

ISTE - Performance Test Tools (1:30)

  • How Tools Help in Performance Testing
  • The Challenge
  • Hitting the Performance Wall
  • What to Look for in Tools
  • Tool and Vendors
    • LoadRunner by Mercury
    • Rational Performance Suite by Rational (IBM)
    • QA Load by Compuware
    • SILK Performer by Segue
    • e-Load by Empirix
    • e-Validby Software Research
    • Open Source tools and Freeware
    • Mainframe Tools
    • Memory Tools
      • Bounds Checker
    • Structural Analysis & Measurement Tools
  • How to Analyze Test Results
  • How to Find the Right Tools
  • Common Tool Problems and Pitfalls

Workshop - Building a Performance Test Plan (1:30)

In this exercise, attendees will work as a team to develop a performance test lan based on a case study exercise.

Workshop - Performing a Performance Test (1:30)

In this exercise, attendees will install and configure a freeware performance test tool, create test data and conduct a performance test of a sample application.

Summary and Final Questions (:15)

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