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(c) Copyright 2004 by Software Research, Inc. ======================================================================== Contents of This Issue o Method for Estimating the Number of Concurrent Users, by Eric Man Wong o NSS2 Update From Alan Salisbury o eValid: Latest News and Updates o Special Issue of IEEE Software, Incorporating COTS into the Development Process o ISO 9001:2000 for Software and Systems Provicers: An Engineering Approach, by Robert C. Bamford adn William J. Deibler II o eValid: A Quick Summary o Software Process: Improvement and Practice: Free/Open Source Software Processes o www.ada-answers.com Launches New Website o 2005 IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2005) o QTN Article Submittal, Subscription Information ======================================================================== Method for Estimating the Number of Concurrent Users by Eric Man Wong 1. Introduction For the sake of capacity planning and performance management, it is often necessary to estimate the number of concurrent users of a system before it is actually put into production. It is because the consumption of many system resources is directly related to the number of concurrent users. Using web application as an example: the memory usage, the CPU utilization, the number of server processes/threads, the number of database connections and the network bandwidth utilization are all increasing functions of the number of users concurrently logging in at the system. Notwithstanding the importance, people often estimate the number of concurrent users by intuition or wild guessing with little justification. In this paper, we try to introduce a simple method to derive the number of concurrent users from some other parameters that can be more easily estimated and justified. 2. An Unsatisfactory Method A way people sometimes use to estimate the number of concurrent users is to assume that it is equal to a certain percentage of the total user population. It is not a good method because even though the user population can sometimes be reliably estimated, the percentage figure being used is often, if not always, a magic number that has little justification. It should be pointed out that the percentage figure just mentioned cannot be taken as the percentage of users who access a system in a certain period of time. In some situations it is possible for the latter figure to be reliably estimated. For example, if we know that every user uses a particular system once and only once in a month and there is no preference on which day the system will be used, we can safely predict that the percentage of users who will use the system in any one day is about 3.3% (that is, 1 / 30). However, this figure alone cannot be used to deduce the number of concurrent users. It is because the users who use the system on the same day do not necessarily use it at the same time. Some users may use it in the morning, and some may use it in the afternoon. We are going to see in the next section a better way to do this. 3. Formula for Estimating the Average Number of Concurrent users We begin by defining what the number of concurrent users means. But before we do, the term login session has to be clarified first. A login session is a time interval defined by a start time and end time. Between the start time and end time, there are one or more system resources being held. Take any web application that requires user authentication as an example, a login session starts from the time the user logs on to the system and ends when the users logs out. A user session (which consumes system memory) is created for each login session. The length of a login session is the difference between the start time and the end time. We are now ready to define the concept of concurrent users. We shall agree that the number of concurrent users at a particular time instant is defined as the number of login sessions into which the time instant falls. This is illustrated in the following example: ^ | +--------Login Session 4---+------------- | | | -------------------+-Login Session 3---- | | | ---------Login Session 2------------- | | | ---+--Login Session 1-------- | | +--------------------------+----------------------------> Time t0 The horizontal axis is the time line. Each horizontal line segment represents a login session. Since the vertical line at time t0 intercepts with three login sessions, the number of concurrent users at time t0 is equal to three. Let us focus on the time interval from 0 to an arbitrary time instant T. The following result can be mathematically proven: (*) Average number of concurrent users(c) = Sum of the length of all login session -------------------------------------- T Alternatively, if the total number of login sessions from time 0 to T equals n, and the average length of a login session equals L, then (**) C = (n L) / T The formal proof is presented in the the fulll version of this paper. Intuitively, the formula can be shown this way: imagine that all the line segments representing the login sessions are joined end to end to form a long string. If the string is longer than T, then we have to wrap it round and round for a number of times in order to fill it in the space with length T. 4. Estimating the parameters To calculate the average number of concurrent users (C) using the formula in section 3, a prerequisite is determining the values of the two parameters: o the total number of login sessions (n) o the average length of a login session (L) in the time period of concern with length (T). In this section, we give some advice about how these parameters could be estimated. Firstly it should be pointed out that the result of the formula, C, is only an average value. It is possible that the number of concurrent users fluctuate widely in the concerned period of time. Hence, if we want the value of C to be as representative as possible, we should restrict the time period of concern so that the arrival rate of new login sessions (i.e. the ratio of n/T) is more or less steady in that time period. For example, if we know that a system is only used during office hours, we should limit the period of concern to the office hours only, instead of the whole day. The value of T is therefore equal to 8 (assuming 8-hour work) instead of 24. Otherwise, the value of C will be greatly dragged down by the fact that the system is not used during the non-officer hours. The total number of login sessions (n) and the average length of a login session (L) can often be determined by the size of the user population and usage patterns. For example, if there are N potential users and we know that the probabilities that a user will use a system one time, two times and three times a day are p1, p2 and p3 respectively, and assume that a user will very unlikely use the system more than three times a day, then the total number of login sessions in one day is N (p1 + 2 p2 + 3 p3). On the other hand, the average length of a login session can be estimated by observing how a sample of users use the system. In many systems, the frequency of usage and the average length of login sessions varies widely for different users. In this case, if we can group the users of similar usage patterns into a small number of classes, the above analysis can still be made. We can then calculate the number concurrent of users for each class and add the results together. Undeniably, the usage patterns of users are often difficult to accurately predict. But for most systems, especially internal applications, some justifiable rough figures can usually be obtained. A example is presented in the next section to illustrate this. 5. An Example The government of City H is going to launch the electronic payroll system for its 170,000 employees to view their own payroll information. Due to the varied levels of IT competency, the limited availability of PCs and the existence of other means for checking salary information, it is estimated that when the system is fully launched across the government, only 50% of the employees will regularly use the system. Of these users, it is also estimated that 70% will use the system once during the last week of each month. It was observed from the users who participated in the UAT that the average length of usage is about 5 minutes. We can now estimate the average concurrent number of users during the last week of a month. Let us restrict the period of concern to the office hours (9am - 5pm) of any one day. n = 170,000 * 0.5 * 0.7 / 5 (assuming 5 days in a week) = 11,900 L = 5 min T = 8 hrs = 480 min ( 8 office hours each day) C = (n L)/T = (11,900 * 5) / 480 = ~124 So, it can be predicted that there will be an average of ~124 concurrent users accessing the system during the last week of each month. For Further Information This article is a shortened version of a longer paper which which you can download from: http://www.geocities.com/wongman_eric/Concurrent_Users_Estimation.pdf ======================================================================== NSS2 Update From Alan Salisbury Editors Note: Below is an email letter received from Dr. Alan Salisbury, President of the Center for National Software Studies (http://www.cnsoftware.org). You can reach Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dear Ed: I think I can state without any doubt that NSS2 was very successful. We had a critical mass of significant players from government, industry and academia, and we had a good 2 days of solid deliberation. We are working on the NSS2 final report which we want to release some time after the election, so we can target the right people to receive copies. Title (subject to final revision) is "Software 2015: A National Software Strategy to Ensure U.S. Security and Competitiveness. Report of the 2d National Software Summit." Here's an excerpt from the NSS2 Report: "The vision for this strategy includes two mutually supporting and complementary goals: Achieving the ability to routinely develop and deploy trustworthy software products and systems, while ensuring the continued competitiveness of the U.S. software industry. The proposed strategy includes the four major program themes listing below, each consisting of one or more initiatives which are further detailed in the sections that follow: o Improving Software Quality and Security o Educating and Fielding the Software Workforce o Re-Energizing Software Research & Development o Encouraging Innovation within the U. S. Software Industry" That's about as much of a "preview" as I think I can provide at this point. The meat, of course, is the initiatives themselves which we are still massaging while we complete the overall report. If you want to mention any of this in your newsletter I think that will be OK. 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