HP LoadRunner software is an automated performance and load testing product from Hewlett-Packard for examining system behavior and performance, while generating actual load.
HP acquired LoadRunner as part of its acquisition of Mercury Interactive in November 2006.HP LoadRunner can emulate hundreds or thousands of concurrent users to put the application through the rigors of real-life user loads, while collecting information from key infrastructure components (Web servers, database servers etc.) The results can then be analyzed in detail, to explore the reasons for particular behavior. HP LoadRunner is sold as part of the HP IT Management Software category by HP Software & Solutions division.
Consider the client-side application for an automated teller machine (ATM). Although each client is connected to a server, hundreds of ATMs may be open to the public. During peak times — such as 10 a.m. Monday, the start of the work week — the load may be much higher than normal. In order to test such situations, it is not practical to have a testbed of hundreds of ATMs. So, one can use an ATM simulator and a computer system with HP LoadRunner to simulate a large number of users accessing the server simultaneously. Once activities are defined, they are repeatable. After debugging a problem in the application, managers can check whether the problem persists by reproducing the same situation, with the same type of user interaction.