RE: Load Testing

From: Williams Jon <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 10:58:21 -0500

When we were working on testing our new proxy, we used a tool called Web
Load from Platinum Technology ( I took a day's
worth of logs from our existing proxy server, fed it through a perl script
to break it into five or six chunks and format it for Web Load, and then ran
it for a couple of hours. The site distribution is much better than what we
got with our base tests, and we had the capability to simulate more than one
client. I don't know if it'd be able to model 500K clients, but you could
probably do some extrapolation to figure that out.

Jon Williams

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Brisco []
> Sent: Thursday, September 10, 1998 10:23 AM
> To:
> Subject: Load Testing
> Has anyone done anything specific about load-testing certain
> configurations? I'm building a clustered system that is targetted at a
> user
> base
> that is significantly larger than the current user base (just a few
> thousand
> now,
> estimated 50K - 100K users by January, 500K next summer). I'd like to do
> some
> explicit testing, but find no real references out there.
> To date, I've used a (slightly modified) version of wget to
> repeatedly transfer
> web trees (wget has command-line support for proxy authentication) -- but
> I'm pretty
> sure that that doesn't realistically simulate average user behavior ;-)
> Before dumping some time into this -- has anyone seen/heard of any
> such
> work going on?
> - Tom
Received on Thu Sep 10 1998 - 08:59:41 MDT

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