Every once in a while you would want to stress a VM or multiple VMs to test the working of for instance VMware DRS. There are multiple tools available but most of them only focus on CPU and are usually not multithreaded. My colleague Andres Mitchell developed a cool tool which will load a multithreaded CPU load and will generate memory load.
Andrew tweeted about this tool this week and I tested it today. It looks great and it works great.
Saw some tweets wanting ways to generate load in a VM. Here’s one I prepared earlier: http://bit.ly/9A39Xh (multithreaded CPU and mem load). I exchanged a couple of emails with Andrew after this tweet and asked him to write a short explanation of what the tool does:
It’s a pretty simple utility to generate CPU and/or memory load within a virtual machine (or a physical server if you are still living in the dark ages). You can specify the number of threads to generate for CPU load and the approximate load each thread generates. You can also specify how much memory you want the application to consume. There’s a timer so you can configure it to only generate the specified load for a set period of time, and system memory utilisation and system/per core CPU utilisation indicators within the application.
Here’s a screenshot of the app: