STAREAST 2020 Concurrent Session : Modernizing Load Testing through Endpoints


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Modernizing Load Testing through Endpoints

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Over the past decade, load testing needs have changed—yet most tools, technology, and methodologies have not. Companies often end up paying a lot of money for functionalities they will never touch or tools that don't meet their needs (and may be even harder to use). Paul Burnside will reveal what tools and practices his team actually found to be beneficial for bringing their load testing up to date. He'll discuss how they saved money by getting off Windows machines and using only Linux boxes; how they've gone from testing as much as possible to only testing items that changed or need to be tested; and how, instead of the virtual user methodology, his team emulates a load using hits per second for endpoints that need to be executed. You'll learn how they reduced their overall costs while increasing their performance testing abilities and gaining a more modern load testing process.

Paul Burnside

Paul Burnside has been testing software for 20 years and he has worked as a performance engineer for the past 18. For the past 15 years he has consulted and taught other engineers how to use load testing tools at major companies around the United States. As an engineer, he has worked in banking, education, telecom, and nonprofit industries. Paul has trained hundreds of people over the years in QA best practices and the best ways to do performance testing and currently works at FamilySearch on cutting-edge technologies in real-time performance monitoring and load testing.