Part II: Performance Monitoring (What is new in Rational Test Workbench Eclipse Client v8.6 release)

What I love about these new features, is that now I have options that will allow me to capture the resource response time at the application level and/or the device level that maybe contributing to my applications’ poor performance. This information is extremely useful to help us identify our application’s bottleneck and to better improve end-user overall performance experience.

1.   Resource response time measurement for native, hybrid and web application for Android Device
In RTW Mobile 8.6 release, we can now capture response time measurements for Android application for the native, hybrid and web application. We are  able to look at each step within the mobile test. With the use of the resource counter that Rational Test Workbench provides out of the box ,we can look at what is happening at the application and device level that is  contributing  to poor performance response time in the application.

At the end of each test run. I get a nice report with a visual cue of a response time break down of each step in my test execution. Based on the out of the box reports, I can quickly assess and get an idea of how long each step and/or operation takes to complete before it moves to the next step.

Mobile and Web UI report2.   Resource Monitoring to monitor device resource utilization counters for Android and iOS
The resource Monitoring capability, allow us to monitor the mobile application and device/emulator resource such as

  • CPU
  • Physical and Virtual memory
  • Network In and out traffic
  • Battery Level

Step to capture the resource monitoring data from the actual device
You must kick off the test run from the test workbench(Assuming that you have previously recorded your test and it is ready to be tested)

  1. Put your device in a passive mode
  2. Run Test
  3. Specified which device I want to use to run my test
  4. Check the Resource Monitoring check box then click “Finish” (Note: If this is a WebUI application this option will be grayed out)
  5. Pooling interval is what we use to specify the frequency of the resource data collect
  6. At the end of each test run, you will get a statistical report, live report and test logs will be displayed

test_runBelow is an example of my test log report after each test run

Test_logResource Monitoring known limitations
1.   Counter indicating virtual memory is available only for the application being tested
2.   Application specific network data for Android apps is supported on Android 4.4.2           and above on only mobile devices
3.   Application specific network data for iOS apps is captured based only on the most    commonly used network communication APIs, and not all APIs.” – Release notes – Rational Test Workbench Eclipse Client 8.6



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