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Developers have been performance testing large database applications for more than 20 years. Up to now, they have focused primarily on system-level testing of operating systems and database management systems. However, just because a machine, its operating system, and its database system are fast does not mean that an application using the database system will perform well. Design flaws in the application or in the tuning parameters specific to the application's environment often result in serious performance problems. The authors present a case study that shows how a simple prototype can be used to verify, before production, that a system will perform at an acceptable level under realistic conditions. Their approach hinges upon the use of a simple prototype to verify that the system performance falls within acceptable bounds.

O. Frieder, C. Staton, M. C. McCabe, B. Bailey, D. Grossman and D. C. Roberts, "Performance Testing a Large Finance Application," in IEEE Software, vol. 13, no. , pp. 50-54, 1996.
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