Saturday, October 13, 2012

ADF 11g R2 WebLogic 10.3.5 vs ADF Essentials Glassfish 3.1 Performance Test

With ADF Essentials certified on Glassfish server, we can run performance test and compare ADF runtime performance on both servers - Glassfish and WebLogic. You can read about ADF Essentials (free distribution of ADF framework) from my previous post - ADF Essentials - Quick Technical Review. Based on performance test results - ADF runs faster on Glassfish server. This can be explained logically, because Glassfish server is much lighter comparing to WebLogic - it allows to execute ADF runtime faster.

Performance test was completed on regular ADF developer environment, there was no special tuning applied for both servers - just all default settings. My goal was to test with default settings, without special tuning - because at the end we can tune both servers and get even better results in production.

For the test case, in order to make it more realistic - I was using free sample Chinook Database data loaded into Oracle XE. I have generated ADF BC for this database, with Master-Detail relationships. Some of the tables contains around 10 K rows. I was using these tables for LOV and Master-Detail implementations.

The best thing - I was able to record single JMeter script and run it without changes (well, just server port change) for both deployments (Glassfish and WebLogic). Exactly same JMeter script execution against two servers allows to produce as much as possible accurate results for the same application deployed on both servers.

Here you can download sample ADF 11g ( application I have developed for performance test - JMeter performance test script is included into archive.

Performance test was performed for two types of user load: 25 and 50. Each test was repeated 3 times to get average results.

1. 25 concurrent users. Response times (obviously lower is better):

a. Glassfish: 0.8 seconds in average
b. WebLogic: 1.4 seconds in average

2. 50 concurrent users. Response times:

a. Glassfish: 8.7 seconds in average
b. WebLogic: 17.2 seconds in average

These results show WebLogic to be 2 times slower (twice as slow) in average comparing to Glassfish when running the same ADF application.

Sample application contains two tabs. First tab brings region with single record block. Stress test is recorded for each user to navigate through records, to go to last/first record, open long list LOV for Album Id:

Second region renders 6 blocks, there are 3 Master-Detail relationships. Stress test is recorded for each user to navigate through Master-Detail records, open LOV's and return values:

Sample application implements ADF BC structure based on sample free Chinook DB (see above):

There are two regions, rendered in tabs from main page:

Master-Detail structure implemented in details region:

Below I provide JMeter stress test summaries:

1. Glassfish 25 users

2. WebLogic 25 users

3. Glassfish 50 users

4. WebLogic 50 users

Summary: ADF performance depends on the server type. ADF is not slow, but it might be just server is slow. It seems to run faster on Glassfish with free ADF Essentials distribution, at least today. I will not go into deeper conclusions at this point, because my goal was to compare ADF runtime performance on WebLogic and Glassfish from technical point of view.


Anonymous said...

Muy buen análisis !!
gracias por tu tiempo de investigación.

Bruno Borges said...

Could you show us the same test with WebLogic 12c 12.1.1 ?

Andrej Baranovskij said...

I would love to, but ADF is not certified yet with WebLogic 12c, see here certification matrix -


Anonymous said...

That is sad!

Andrej Baranovskij said...

By now it is certified, adf 12c is available. Not sad anymore:)