Difference between Load Testing and Stress Testing

Posted: October 7, 2013 in Testing Basics
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English: Blue ink on the inspection sheet indi...

English: Blue ink on the inspection sheet indicates to the students that they are a “go” during the sling load hands-on testing in the Camp Robertson Training Area Oct. 8. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Difference between Load Testing and Stress Testing:

  • Testing the app with maximum number of user and input is defined as load testing. While testing the app with more than maximum number of user and input is defined as stress testing.
  • In Load testing we measure the system performance based on a volume of users. While in Stress testing we measure the breakpoint of a system.
  • Load Testing is testing the application for a given load requirements which may include any of the following criteria:
    •  Total number of users.
    •  Response Time
    • Through Put
    • Some parameters to check State of servers/application.
  • While stress testing is testing the application for unexpected load. It includes
    • Vusers
    • Think-Time

Example:

If an app is build for 500 users, then for load testing we check up to 500 users and for stress testing we check greater than 500.

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Comments
  1. suvarna says:

    very good answer I am satisfied with this answer Thank you

  2. Vinoth bs says:

    yeah….it is very useful for beginners…
    easy to understand in your words…
    so very useful:)

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