Performance Explorer Overview

Performance Explorer offers two main capabilities:
  • Results Analysis
  • Real-Time Monitoring

Results Analysis

With the Results Analysis functionality of Performance Explorer, you can analyze the results of a completed load test by creating charts, tables, and reports. With charts, you can visualize the data that was collected during the load test, and reports as well as tables help you to summarize important data and findings. The basis for all charts, tables, and reports is the data in the .tsd files. During each load test, Silk Performer captures a big amount of data and stores it in several time-series data (.tsd) files. When a load test is completed, you can load the data (the .tsd files) in Performance Explorer and visualize and edit them according to your requirements. All charts are fully customizable, and they can contain as many measures as required. You can open multiple charts using measures from one or multiple tests to show similarities and differences. Performance Explorer provides a variety of templates for charts, tables, and reports. Furthermore, you can place information on client and server performance in a single chart, so that you can directly view the effect of server performance on client behavior. By saving your changes as a template, you can reuse your individual settings.

Real-Time Monitoring

With the Real-Time Monitoring functionality of Performance Explorer, you can monitor a broad range of systems by creating and configuring charts that show the system performance in real-time. It is possible to open multiple charts at the same time, which allows you to watch the performance of two or more systems simultaneously, for example the web server performance and the operating system performance. Adding measures to a chart is easy and intuitive in Performance Explorer: You can drag a single measure or a set of measures from the tree onto the chart.