While I am running a load test and X number of users are hitting my web app, does this mean every second X number of requests are being sent to my application?

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While I am running a load test and X number of users are hitting my web app, does this mean every second X number of requests are being sent to my application?

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The short answer is that a virtual or simulated user does what a “real” user does as specified by the scenarios and steps that you have created in LoadStorm. If there are X number of users, then there are X scenarios running at that particular time. When creating a scenario, you can adjust the pause times which is how much time there is between steps. The actual pause is randomly generated to give a more realistic load against the server. As an example, a scenario which opens a single page for each step with an average pause of 30 seconds will have an average of 2 requests per minute per user. It gets a bit more complicated when there are external files like javascript. These are added as well and counted in the total requests. When one scenario ends for a designated number of users, another is started within a minute to maintain the desired user load until the end of the test.

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The short answer is no. LoadStorm reporting graphs include a metric called Requests Per Second, and that is what you are describing. A virtual or simulated user does what a “real” user does as specified by the scenarios and steps that you have created in LoadStorm. If there are X number of users, then there are X scenarios running at that particular time. When creating a scenario, you can adjust the pause times which is how much time there is between steps. The actual pause is randomly generated to give a more realistic load against the server. As an example, a scenario which opens a single page for each step with an average pause of 30 seconds will have an average of 2 requests per minute per user. It gets a bit more complicated when there are external files like Javascript. These are added as well and counted in the total requests. When one scenario ends for a designated number of users, another is started within a minute to maintain the desired user load until the end of the test.

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