Introduction to Performance, Load, and Stress Testing

By xerocube | January 9, 2007

In doing some research for an upcoming workshop on Performance, Load, and Stress testing that I will be hosting, I came across this article. This article will provide those that are interested with a solid primer into the world of PLS testing. Written with an agile viewpoint, the information should be useful to all testers.

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QA techies – read this article!

Topics: Quality Assurance | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Introduction to Performance, Load, and Stress Testing”

Lara Says:
February 5th, 2007 at 6:09 pm

I am new to performance testing I want to do my first project on it how do i go vabout it?

xerocube Says:
February 7th, 2007 at 8:51 am


In order to assist you, I’d need to know a bit more about the application under test, in a general sense. is it a web application or a client/server application?

First thing would be to determine what are the desired performance metrics, if any. If there are no predetermined goals, then you would be looking at a performance test to determine what application performance is currently.

As for tools, there are many different ones available: Mercury LoadRunner, Compuware QALoad, JMeter, and a multitude of others (both freely and commercially available). You’d need to research these tools and determine which best suits your needs.

With tool in hand, spend time learning how to operate the application. look for best practices and known limitations with your selected tool.

Remember this though, in order to performance test a system, you don’t always have to purchase a tool. It could be as simple as running a set of known database tasks and comparing execution times.

I hope this helps get you started.


Tushar Waghmare Says:
March 30th, 2007 at 1:40 am

i had gone throgh many articles about load and stress testing. but i didnt understand it clearly. so please help me out in this regard. i have some queries like
1) what is basic difference between Load tesing and stress testing.

2)load testing is a part of stress testing or stress testing is a part of load testing.