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Simulate Load on Oracle Database

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonDecember 10, 2015

Question:  I need to Simulate Load on Oracle Database.  What tools and software are available for simulating ta load on an Oracle database.  I want to perform load testing and I need a tool that will give me a representative workload.  Ideally, we need to simulate load like production environment in test database without actually creating any data volume. Is there any tool which can be used to achieve this, if yes which one is best tool and why?

Answer:  For starting on system load simulation I recommend the book Oracle Benchmarking.

There are no tools that can generate ad-hoc data loads, and they all must create or capture SQL workloads and store them on disk for replaying onto the database, allowing you to manage the load volume.

There are many 3rd party benchmarking tools, but I personally like the Quest benchmark factory.

Plus you can do it yourself with Oracle, using captured workloads and database replay with the oracle workload replay tool.

Here is a case study on load simulation, using Oracle benchmark factory to simulate a system load.


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