Technical Skills For Performance Testers

Performance Concepts:

  • Methodology
  • Load Generation Tools
  • User/Workload Modeling
  • Results Analysis (Latency, Throughput, Metrics)
  • Bottleneck Detection
  • Code Profiling
  • Scalability
  • Concurrency
  • Charting/Graphing
  • Statistics

Operating Systems and Servers:

  • Monitoring (CPU/Network/Mem/Disk/etc)
  • System Tuning
  • Web/Application/Middleware Server Tuning
  • System Administration
  • Virtualization
  • OS Concepts (CPU Scheduling, Memory Management, etc)


  • SQL
  • Stored Procedures
  • Monitoring
  • Tuning


  • Topology
  • Monitoring
  • Load Balancing
  • TCP/IP
  • HTTP
  • Packet Sniffing and Protocol Analysis
  • Caching
  • OSI Model


  • Proficiency in at least on general programming language. Preferably a dynamic scripting language (Python/Perl/Ruby/etc)
  • Code/Algorithm Analysis


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