Constant Throughput Timer in JMeter

What is Throughput?
Throughput is calculated as requests/unit of time. The time is calculated from the start of the first sample to the end of the last sample. This includes any intervals between samples, as it is supposed to represent the load on the server.
The formula is: Throughput = (number of requests) / (total time)
 
Suppose we want to run the load test with constant throughput in JMeter, then JMeter has a group of elements, which are called “Timers”.  And one of them has obvious title – “Constant Throughput Timer”. That is what we need. 
 
What is Constant Throughput Timer?
This timer allows us to keep total throughput constant. Constant Throughput Timer is only capable of pausing JMeter threads in order to slow them down to reach the target throughput so make sure you have enough threads in order to guarantee desired amount of requests per second. Also be aware that Constant Throughput Timer is precise enough only on minute level so you need to properly calculate ramp-up period and let your test run long enough. Of course, if the server is not able to handle such a load, the throughput will be lower. Throughput may decrease if other timers contradict the Constant Throughput timer.
Constant Throughput Timer will introduce random delays between requests in such a way that a load/stress of required throughput is sent to the application.
 
Screenshot of Constant Throughput Timer

                               Screenshot of Control Panel of Constant Throughput Timer

 
Suppose, we want to run 10 request per second for 5 sec. Then this can be achieved by 
Create a Test Plan in JMeter by following below mentioned steps
 
Step 1 –  Add Thread Group
Select Test Plan on the tree
Add Thread Group                     
      To add Thread Group: Right click on the “Test Plan” and add a new thread group: Add -> Threads (Users) -> Thread Group
In the Thread Group control panel, enter Thread Properties as follows: 
Number of Threads: 1 – Number of users connects to the target website
Loop Count: Infinite  – Number of time to execute testing
Ramp-Up Period: 1 
Duration: 5 sec
 
Step 2 –  Adding JMeter elements  
The JMeter element used here is HTTP Request Sampler. In HTTP Request Control Panel, the Path field indicates which URL request you want to send
Add HTTP Request Sampler
               To add: Right-click on Thread Group and select: Add -> Sampler -> HTTP Request
Below mentioned are the values used in HTTP Request to perform the test
Name – HTTP Request 
Server Name or IP – localhost
Port – 8010
Method – POST
Path – /demo/helloworld
Step 3 –  Add Constant Throughput Timer
             To add: Right-click on Thread Group and select: Add -> Timer-> Constant Throughput Timer

Add Target Throughput: 600 (means 600 request in 60 sec, so 10 requests per sec)
Select Calculate Throughput based on – this thread only (More details about the option is present

Step 4 – Adding Listeners to Test Plan
Listeners – They shows the results of the test execution. They can show results in a different format such as a tree, table, graph or log file
We are adding  View Result Tree listener
View Result Tree – View Result Tree show results of the user request in basic HTML format
         To add: Right click Test Plan, Add -> Listener -> View Result Tree
We are adding  Summary Report listener
Summary Report – The summary report creates a table row for each differently named request in your test. This is similar to the Aggregate Report , except that it uses less memory.
         To add: Right click Test Plan, Add -> Listener -> Summary Report
Step 5 – Save the Test Plan
           To Save: Click File Select -> Save Test Plan as ->Give name of the Test Plan. It will be saved as .jmx format
Step 6  – Run the Test Plan
       Click on Green Triangle as shown at the top to run the test
Step 7 – View the Execution Status
             Click on Summary Report to see the status of Run. As we can see in the summary report, 50 requests are executed as 10 requests per sec (10*5=50 requests).
 
 
 
 

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