AC were approached by a UK Top 10 University to carry out Load Testing on their Accommodation booking service. The application manages the allocation of student accommodation. It is subject to a major peak in demand every August, coinciding with the time when new students receive their A-level results and are offered places to study at the University.
An upgrade to the application has been performed since the most recent testing in 2018 (also performed by AC), and the University wished to ensure that the application can continue to perform acceptably. It therefore wishes to repeat the performance tests carried out in 2018.
The University also highlighted that the application only receives this level of traffic at predictable times of the year.
AC engaged with the University to further understand the specific requirements, focusing on the expected transactions based on previous years. It was determined that the University wanted to ensure that this application could support an estimated peak of 300 accommodation bookings within a 4 minute time period.
AC completed baseline test runs as well as runs with a smaller transaction target to ensure confidence in the system as well as the functionality of the scripts.
Once satisfied, AC proceeded with the full load test, and repeated this test multiple times to ensure consistency in the results.
Following the tests, the University could be certain that the application runs successfully, even during peak times.