HP LoadRunner and Performance Center Blog

Hey EMC – how’s it feel to run a 100,000 user benchmark?

Back in November 2008 we got a phone call from our long-time customers at EMC Documentum. They were going to attempt a very large load test pushing their solution scalability to 10-times their normal volume. This would be an absolutely huge test for the Documentum system and they believed that it would be the world’s largest Enterprise Content Management (ECM) benchmark ever to succeed.

Of course they wanted LoadRunner to run 100,000 virtual users. And they needed lots and lots of HP hardware and storage.

So, we’ve got some good friends up in the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center and we all got together to deliver this massive test. And recently we published all the results and a cool video that explains how the testing was accomplished.

Check out the EMC benchmark results here!

The surprising thing to us was the LoadRunner Controller performance on the latest HP commodity hardware. It did really well at running 50k vusers and probably more than that if we had more memory. Also, when you consider the whole system they were testing it didn’t take much hardware at all to deliver sub-second performance for 100k user load. And don’t forget – the database was SQL Server 2008, the latest release from Microsoft. You can see a picture of the 64 CPU’s on the SQL database Craig’s blog.

Congrats EMC and SQL Server…it’s nice to see super scalable systems in action!

Labels: LoadRunner
| ‎05-27-2009 07:33 PM

BTW, the FAQ for this study just posted. See my blog post update: craigrandall.net/.../1st-100k-usr-bnchmrk. Cheers.

| ‎07-08-2009 12:37 PM

job well done :smileyhappy:

| ‎08-19-2009 04:03 PM


Good to see complex scenario getting success !!!

From the benchmark documents, I could see two controllers used. Did they run in  parallel ? I dont see any parallel support / cluster support from Loadrunner. Just a curiosity !

| ‎09-11-2009 03:05 AM


May I ask a question about a performance test to a vendor software of EMC Corporation - Captiva here?

The Captiva system is required ActiveX to communicate. However, performance center seems cannot support ActiveX with Web(HTTP/HTML) protocol. Would you please advice my next step?

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Mark Tomlinson is a software tester and test engineer. His career began in 1992 with a comprehensive two-year test for a life-critical trans...

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