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Ariel’s Flash Stresser Tool

Posted by Sravan | March 17, 2009 .

Ariel recently wrote a small tool called the Flash Stresser. It is a tiny Flash app that has a given number of balls randomly and elastically bouncing against each other and against four walls.

Flash Stresser

You can set the number of balls at any given time. It is a simple yet powerful tool to stress your system. Ariel’s necessity behind writing such a tool struck me as sensitive:

I appreciate having a powerful computer. The trouble is, I don’t see the problems that people with lesser computers have with my app. On my computer what can be a minor annoyance due to a momentary overload of the application can bring somebody else’s computer to a grinding halt.

I tested this tool, slowly incrementing the number of balls while monitoring the overall system performance using typeperf. By the time I started using 1000 balls with the Flash app, my system processor utilization has become a steady 75%. What intrigued me was that the number of threads began to slowly drop from 11 to 10 to 9 by when the app crashed. I will have to study this further.

You can get the Flash Stresser tool from Ariel’s website. Be sure to test your apps on a stressed system.

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2 Comments so far
  1. ariel sommeria  March 23, 2009 6:51 am

    Hi,
    thanks for your post! I just want to add that the idea is not so much for standalone use as for temporary integration in your own app for testing purposes.
    Ariel

  2. Sravan  March 23, 2009 8:31 pm

    My pleasure, Ariel. It can be very very useful.

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