Sunday, August 30, 2009


First time I have seen that tool a few years ago and I was really surprise how useful it was. Now I have come back to it and a new version (release 2.3) in my opinion is very mature and can be used for many various performance tests.
Let me present show main features:
  • Few different benchmark test
    • OLTP Order Entry PL/SQL version
    • OLTP Order Entry Java version
    • OLTP Calling Circle
    • Stress test
    • DSS Sales History
    • Custom

  • Possible outputs
    • Transaction per minute
    • Transaction Response time
    • DML operation per minute

  • Many configuration options ex:
    • Number of concurrent users
    • Min and max delay time between transactions
    • Logon delays
    • Using of connection pooling

  • Distributed client coordinator
All features are described on Dominic Giles (author) homepage in documentation section. This document describe version 2.2 and a newest version is 2.3 and some additional configuration possibilities has been added from XML to GUI.

There are a lot of possible configurations and tests covered by SwingBench. Combining a customer defined transactions in tool with application knowledge SwingBench can be used as a small brother of Oracle Real Application Testing – of course it required much more work to define a workload but it is for free.

How to use it – it is very simple please take a look on my quick start guide.
  1. Download a package
  2. Unzip into target directory – ex. c:\SwingBench
  3. Edit a SwingBenchenv.bat file – only path below should be changed

    REM Set the following to reflect the root directory of your Java installation

    set JAVAHOME=C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07

    REM Set the following to the directory where you installed swingbench

    set SWINGHOME=C:\swingbench

    REM Set the following to the location of your TimesTen install (optional)

    set TTHOME=C:\TimesTen\tt70

    REM If you don't have the ORACLE_HOME environment variable set uncomment the following and change it to reflect your environment

    set ORACLE_HOME=C:\oracle\product\10.2.0\db_1

  4. Go to C:\swingbench\winbin and start oewizard.bat - configuration wizard

  5. Click next and choose a create schema

  6. Enter a server IP, database name and sys password

  7. Enter schema name and tablespace location - if you have a EE edition you can clik Use Partitioning option

  8. Choose a size of demo schema using sliders

  9. Confirm all settings and click Finish

  10. Wizard will display a additional window with Wizard log

  11. Click OK on confirmation screen

  12. Click Cancel in main Wizard Window

  13. You can start now a SwingBench - c:\swingbench\winbin\swingbench.bat

    And change a ConnectionString to proper one for your environment

  14. Click Start button and enjoy a performance test

This is all for a first time. Now I'm trying to find a fastest way to catch up
a workload on existing database and transform it into a SwingBench tests.

I hope it help some people to test a performance of existing and future installations.