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Workload Distribution

A Workload Distribution is a representation of the functions performed by a user community on a system. For example, during the course of a day on a retail-based website, most users are shopping, some are searching for a specific product, some are finalizing purchases and checking out, while a single administrator may be updating product prices. A workload distribution is based on a percentage of users performing a specific function over a given period of time.
Using the above example a workload distribution could be:
shopping ? 83%, searching - 5%, checking out ? 10% and administration - 2%.

In a load test, the workload is the total amount of simulated activity to which the Web application being tested is subjected. A workload consists of a designated number of virtual users who process a defined set of transactions in a specified time period. Workloads can be of various types, depending on the requirements of a particular load test. The principal types are steady-state workloads, increasing workloads, artificial workloads, and scenario-based workloads.[1].

1. From ?Load Testing for eConfidence? by Segue.

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