Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies

2019 Edition
| Editors: Sherif Sakr, Albert Y. Zomaya

System Under Test

  • Francois RaabEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77525-8_124



A System Under Test (SUT) is a complete system that comprises hardware, software, and connectivity components; that is the object or target of a performance measurement test or benchmark.

Historical Background

While the term System Under Test is somewhat generic in nature, it was formalized in the early 1990s by industry consortiums with the mission of defining industry standard performance benchmarks, such as the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC – www.tpc.org), the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC – www.spec.org), and the Storage Performance Council (SPC – www.storageperformance.org).


The purpose of a test or benchmark is to determine how a target environment behaves under a controlled load or in response to specific requests. As such, the definition of the System Under Test plays a key role in a benchmark specification. The SUT’s definition...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.InfoSizingManitou SpringsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Meikel Poess
    • 1
  • Tilmann Rabl
    • 2
  1. 1.Server TechnologiesOracleRedwood ShoresUSA
  2. 2.Database Systems and Information Management GroupTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany