A schedule allows you to order, group, and run tests. With schedules, you can run tests remotely, establish the order
of tests (sequential, random, or weighted order), run tests at a specific rate, or specify the number of times a given
test runs. You can also use schedules to run tests against specified builds.
IBM® Rational® Performance Tester provides a convenient wizard for creating schedules. To create a performance
schedule, right-click your project and then click New > Performance Schedule.
In the Performance Schedule Wizard, enter the name of the schedule and click Finish. At this point, a
new schedule with one user group appears. User groups allow you to create logical groupings by using various
characteristics representing various types of users on your system. In order to achieve a more realistic distribution
of users, you may want to create various groups to represent different categories, such as buyers,
sellers, users checking on the status of an order, or browsers. The user group types will be
determined by the characteristic of the users of your system.
In the Perforance Schedule Wizard, you can also easily add tests. With the schedule you just created open, right-click
the user group and select Add > Test. In the Select Performance Test window, select the test you
want to add to your schedule. You can also alternate start times for users in the User Load section of the schedule by
selecting the check box Add a delay between starting each user.
In general, when you are building a schedule, you will want to achieve a random arrival delay with every transaction.
You will also want to prevent authentication rejections by ramping up user numbers slowly, or by starting with random
delays. You can, for example, start with 1 to 4 users per second and ramp-up, or start with 10 to 20 with random delays
over several minutes. Finally, when you are building your schedule, make sure that the test runs long enough to get
steady state results. This can be achieved by making the workload last a long time relative to ramp-up.
For more information on working with schedules using Rational Performance Tester, see the Tool Mentor: Edit Schedules with IBM Rational Performance Tester.