A Benchmark testing will measure a repeatable set of quantifiable results that are saved as a point of reference against which products/services that can be compared. The purpose of benchmark testing results is to compare the present and further software releases with their related benchmarks.
Benchmark is a repeatable one. With every iteration of load a test, if response times vary too much, system performance be benchmarked. Response time needs to be stable amongst different load conditions.
A benchmark is so quantifiable. For example, the user experience can’t be quantified in numbers, but time a user spends on a webpage thanks to good UI can often quantified.
Benchmark Testing is not a term related to just software testing, but as well as deals with hardware testing and considered as one of the most important tasks in the business world.
The benchmark testing can be done for the following services:
- Browser compatibility
- Broken Links
- HTML compliance
- Load Time
- Link popularity
Why benchmark testing is important?
At the business level, benchmark testing are often helpful in determining:
- How good a web-based application is performing with respect to the competitors.
- How different types of customers experience the response time and availability of a site.
- It makes sure that website complies with standards and best practices.
- It enables to evaluate third –party service provides prior to making a contracting decision.
- Allows for figuring out the mistakes which is to be avoided.
How to create BenchMark Test Plan?
Test Plan is the most crucial element of the bench mark testing process.
Bench mark Test plan has steps as given below
- Scaling and invoking workload.
- Collecting and storing measures for benchmark testing.
- Defining the time span required and the terminal point of a test process
- Prepare a backup plan to overcome new test case failure.
- Deciding the authority to call termination of the end process.
Phases of bench mark testing:
There are 4 steps in bench mark testing:
- Planning Step- It is a process to identifying and prioritise standards and requirements, Decide benchmark criteria, Define benchmark test process.
- Analysis step- It also identifies root cause of error to improve quality, setting goals for test process.
- Integration phase- It shares outcomes with concerned person and get approval. Establish functional goals.
- Action Step- To develop test plan and documentation. Implementation of actions specified in previous phase and monitor progress. Run the process continuously.
Components of benchmark testing are:
A different system which have a varying degree of complexity and requires different techniques for testing applications. There are 3 major components of benchmark testing. They are:
- Workload specifications- Deciding type and frequency of request that is submitted to the system under test.
- Specifications of Metrics- Determine which element to be measured. E.g. download speed.
- Specification of measurement- By Deciding how to measure the specified elements to find appropriate values.
Consider the example of internet speed,
We have a multiple software applications or websites are available to decide the performance of our internet speed. The applications have benchmarked the internet speed depending upon various factors like country, download or upload speed. The internet speed for any broadband connection is calculated as good or bad depending upon this benchmarked internet speed.