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The Role of Modeling in the Performance Testing of E-Commerce Applications
December 2004 (vol. 30 no. 12)
pp. 1072-1083
An e-commerce scalability case study is presented in which both traditional performance testing and performance modeling were used to help tune the application for high performance. This involved the creation of a system simulation model as well as the development of an approach for test case generation and execution. We describe our experience using a simulation model to help diagnose production system problems, and discuss ways that the effectiveness of performance testing efforts were improved by its use.

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Index Terms:
Software performance testing, software testing, performance modeling, simulation, workload characterization.
Citation:
Alberto Avritzer, Elaine J. Weyuker, "The Role of Modeling in the Performance Testing of E-Commerce Applications," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 30, no. 12, pp. 1072-1083, Dec. 2004, doi:10.1109/TSE.2004.107
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