Traffic generators for DS3 link Stress test

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Jul 15th, 2009

Hi,

Iam looking for some application (free) that generates continuous traffic on a DS3 link. Wanted to test a new DS3 link with full capacity and move it production, once completed. Any suggestions on the application to use..?

TIA

MS

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cisco24x7 Wed, 07/15/2009 - 08:48

I just tested this a few days ago. Iperf will work on both Windows and Unix platform. This is really a good tool.

If you want to saturate the DS-3 link, it is probably best to use UDP instead of TCP:

On the server:

iperf -u -s

On the client:

iperf -u -c 192.168.1.218 -b 45M -t 86400

[Expert@neo-fwlog]# iperf -u -c 192.168.1.218 -b 45M -t 86400

------------------------------------------------------------

Client connecting to 192.168.1.218, UDP port 5001

Sending 1470 byte datagrams

UDP buffer size: 256 KByte (default)

------------------------------------------------------------

[ 3] local 192.168.1.245 port 44737 connected with 192.168.1.218 port 5001

[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth

[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 53.7 MBytes 45.1 Mbits/sec

[ 3] Server Report:

[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 53.7 MBytes 45.1 Mbits/sec 0.019 ms 0/38316 (0%)

[ 3] Sent 38316 datagrams

[Expert@neo-fwlog]#

That will tell you if your DS-3 is fully utilized.

Easy right?

nick.mueller Wed, 07/15/2009 - 17:11

Here is a graphical front end to iPerf written in Java. You may need to rework the shell script to launch it if you are running Vista x64 as it uses 32-bit java and the path is changed to Program Files (x86).

http://code.google.com/p/xjperf/

mvsheik123 Thu, 07/16/2009 - 09:34

Thanks Nick. I am planning to use XP PC/laptop (one at each end) for the test.

MS

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