[httperf] Undestanding request rate

Mariano Cortesi mcortesi at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 10:48:10 PST 2009

Hi Martin,

I think the problem is that I don't really know what does the request
rate really means as an output. Does it include failed requests? For
example I would expecte the exact request rate I asked, but if the
server starts failing, not accepting requests o start sending
timeouts, then the reply rate would be suffering, but not the request
rate. Because, I understand that httpperf would be doing the request
at the rate that I asked, but recieving errors. Is that how it works?
What does request rate means? Is it the number of succesfull requests?

What information about my environment would help to see the problem?


On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 6:16 PM, Arlitt, Martin <martin.arlitt at hp.com> wrote:
> Hi Mariano
> There are numerous reasons that the request rate may be less than the target rate. Without knowing anything about your experimental set up and having only a vague description of the results, it will be difficult for anyone to tell you what the cause is.  Clearly though something in your test environment is bottlenecked.
> Martin
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: httperf-bounces at napali.hpl.hp.com [mailto:httperf-
>> bounces at napali.hpl.hp.com] On Behalf Of Mariano Cortesi
>> Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 2:06 PM
>> To: httperf at napali.hpl.hp.com
>> Subject: [httperf] Undestanding request rate
>> Hi,
>> I'm doing some stress tests with autobench + httpperf; and I have some
>> problems understanding the request rate that I get in the results.
>> The call I make is something like:
>> httperf --hog --timeout=5 --client=0/1 --server=myserver.com --port=80
>> --uri=/ --rate=4000 --send-buffer=4096 --recv-buffer=16384
>> --num-conns=120000 --num-calls=1
>> So I would expect a resulting request rate of 4000 requests/second.
>> But it achieves a request rate of 3000 r/s, and stays there.
>> Why's that?
>> I don't see how the server could be a problem, because, in any case,
>> the httpperf could try to make a new connection and get kicked out by
>> the server. But when I started searching for that in the server, i
>> didn't find any log saying that.
>> So, does anybody knows? Shouldn't the request rate always be the same
>> as the specificed in command line? why not?
>> Best Regards,
>> Mariano
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