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Performance Benchmark


Performance benchmarks of Business Process Management (BPM) frameworks can be notoriously difficult to measure and accurately predict how they will scale under normal use and load. There is not one “blanket statement” that we can provide, which takes into account each customer’s unique business requirements and specific implementation design. When we’re asked about performance, it becomes one of those critical evaluation questions, in which we utter a frustrating reply of “it depends.”  

Estimating performance is increasingly difficult when contemplating a general and flexible BPM framework such as the Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite ecosystem.  

Our Approach

We believe that there needed to be a suitable way to alleviate this frustration and ambiguity, while providing a reusable framework that can be used for evaluation.  We have developed a set of resources that provides the foundation from which to model and exercise scenarios in simulation. The results can be uniformly evaluated by providing a more concrete picture of how the Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite performs, while accounting for as much of the “it depends” aspects as feasible.

Fill out the form on this page to access the executive overview, technical supplementation, and data explorer page as well as the code for the test framework, and other related resources.

Data Explorer

The Data Explorer page provides interactive exploration of the results of the performance benchmark.

Table of Contents (preview)

Conceptualizing the Performance Framework
  • BPM Definitions
  • Nature of BPM
  • Analyzing BPM Performance
  • Runtime Deployment Configurations
Benchmark Test Strategy
  • Frameworks - KIE Performance Kit and JMeter
  • Test Cases
  • Analyzing BPM Performance
  • Benchmark Runtime Configurations
High-Level Key Findings
  • Persistence Adds Overhead
  • Human Task Overhead
  • Point of Saturation
  • Singleton Strategy vs. Per Process
  • Core Counts vs. Topology
  • Download the Code
  • References
  • KIE Performance Kit
  • JMeter
  • Vizuri BPM Test Suite code
About Vizuri
  • About the Authors

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About the Authors

Kent Eudy is Vizuri's Technical Director responsible for overseeing our Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Enterprise Integration and Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) practice areas. He has over 27 years of experience including 16 as a consultant. He has led development efforts on these technologies for clients in various industry sectors such as retail, medical, government, and insurance.

Ken Spokas is Vizuri’s Technical Director responsible for overseeing our Business Rules and Processes practice area. He has over 17 years of experience leading successful projects of various sizes and scopes. He particularly enjoys leveraging open-source frameworks to solve complex problems.

They both have deep experience delivering solutions utilizing the Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite and its underlying framework jBPM, both the current version and several of its earlier incarnations.