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Load Testing Using Perl

Location: D133 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: **...
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Introduction – Load Testing Using Perl

Design overview of UnixLoadGen

  • Use of Unix fork and RSA Authentication
  • Typical test configuration
  • Typical test run scenario

General comparison with commercial tools

  • flexibility
  • scalability
  • availability
  • ease of use
  • cost

Utility Perl scripts

  • load script template
  • push files
  • controller
  • stop test early
  • server resource monitoring
  • process results and reporting

Implementation features

  • controller script
  • run-control files
  • unique input data lists

Typical test run scenario

Real-world examples and experience

  • mention a few examples briefly
  • world’s first load test of Kerberos authentication servers
  • driver for other simulators
  • ability to integrate load scripts written in other languages


  • [some relevant O’Reilly books]
  • web site for source code

Audience Questions

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Homer Hummel

MORI Associates Inc.

Homer Hummel received his B.A. in Mathematics from UCLA in 1967. He served in the US Army for 3 years in the area of logistics. Since then he has had a 36-year career in computer software testing. He began his career working for the US Air Force Satellite Control Facility in the areas of telemetry processing, orbit determination and satellite attitude control, with contractors System Development Corporation, Unisys and Applied Technology Associates. For 11years Hummel has performed software testing and quality assurance of enterprise information systems at JPL with contractors OAO Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation. He has specialized in test automation tools, both commercial and custom built. Hummel has been a Perl enthusiast for 10 years and a Unix enthusiast for his entire career.

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