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By Cathy Gonzalez, EIS Training/Computing Administration Manager

Load Testing During July 2004

One important phase of the EIS project is the system load testing that is being conducted during the month of July. Since EIS is expected to support thousands of users across multiple environments, all system components must be adequately tested for system, user, and network scalability before fall 2004 Student Registration conducted in EIS. The goal for EIS is to deliver 99.9 percent uptime and availability (besides scheduled maintenance windows) in the face of both unpredictable user loads and a never-ending stream of product patches and upgrades.

The tool selected to conduct load testing is Mercury LoadRunner. LoadRunner is a recognized industry-standard performance testing product for predicting system behavior and performance. LoadRunner emulates hundreds or thousands of concurrent users to put EIS through the demands of real-life user loads. Scripts are created using EIS specific data in consultation with functional users and system developers.  After the first load test period, the data is analyzed, and changes are made to the system based on the findings.  A second load test is then conducted to verify the new changes solve any deficits noted.

The first load test was conducted the first weekend in July. Two significant changes made the week of July 5 are added processor power to the Database server and the addition of another Application server. The second phase of load testing will take place July 10. The final analysis will give EIS technical staff an accurate picture of end-to-end system performance. The primary load test goals are to verify EIS meets specified performance requirements in addition to identifying and eliminating performance bottlenecks.

Questions regarding the load testing should be directed to Robert Jones, Computing and Information Technology Center.

EIS Training Update

The training effort for the implementation of EIS and the my.unt.edu portal has been and continues to be a major undertaking.  All the training coordinators and training coaches both at UNT and HSC deserve credit for the tremendous effort that goes into producing a quality training program.  The dedication to excellence and hours of preparation of these often “unsung” heroes of the project has been very inspiring to witness. 

I have compiled a summary of the EIS training effort through the end of May 2004.  The numbers in the summary will give you a better understanding what it takes to train faculty and staff for a project of this magnitude. Click here to see the summary file.

EIS Training Schedule

Electronic Procurement (ePro) Training Classes

The following dates have been set for training. Note there are two classes given on each date - an Approver's class and an ePro Coordinator's class. Please e-mail Traci Carter at tcarter@unt.edu, indicating the date you plan to attend and for which class.  Because seats are limited, please respond early to assure a spot in the training session of your choice.

*** All classes will be conducted in the Gateway Center, Room 52.

EPro Coordinator Class Dates/Times

  • July 20 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • July 27 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Aug 03 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Aug 10 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Aug 17 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Aug 26 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Approver’s Class Dates/Times

  • July 20 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • July 27 – l0:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Aug 03 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Aug 10 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Aug 17 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Aug 26 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Timekeeper Training

All Timekeeper Training sessions are held in ESSC 152 from 9:00am-Noon. You can register online (https://home.unt.edu/hr/training/treg.htm) or by calling (940) 565-4246.

Timekeeper Session Dates

  •  Wednesday, Aug 11
  •  Wednesday, Sept 8
  •  Wednesday, Oct 6
  •  Wednesday, Nov 3
  •  Wednesday, Dec 1