BCGEN Barcode Streaming Performance

IDAutomation's Hosted Dynamic Barcode Subscription is scalable, high-performance and fault tolerant. The service uses the Streaming Barcode Server for IIS product installed on load balanced Hyper-V virtual machines.

2017 Update:

IDAutomation has completed upgrades on both Hyper-V host servers since the performance test was performed in 2015. The new hardware is much faster than what was used in the test below, however, average response time may be about the same because of network latency.

Both new servers contain SSD hard drives and dual Xeon processors, each with multiple cores as shown in this screenshot from our west side server:

Barcode Generator Server with dual Xeon processors, each with multiple cores.

2015 Test Results:

The test results documented below indicate this configuration may be able to generate up to 20,000 barcode requests per minute. Customers installing the Barcode Server for IIS product on their own systems may easily achieve higher performance with the latest hardware and by installing on the host directly, instead of within a virtual machine. The processors used in these tests are visible within the task manager screenshots of Fig 1 and 2 below.

Test Configuration:

Test Parameters:

  • Standard barcode requests are performed using Code 128, encoding 20 characters consisting of uppercase letters, lowercase letters and 8 numbers, with default parameters.
  • 2000 distributed clients request barcodes over 1 minute of time with the load testing service.

Test Results:

  • IDAutomation performed this test on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 during business hours.
  • 33 ms was the average response time for all clients to request and retrieve the barcodes.
  • A Task Manager screenshot of both virtual machines during this test is shown in Fig 1 and 2.
  • The average CPU load of the test for each virtual machine was about 10%.

Fig 1. About 30 seconds into the test.

 A Task Manager screenshot 30 seconds into the Streaming Server Test

Fig 2. About 30 seconds after the test.

A Task Manager screenshot 30 after the Streaming Server Test

Fig 3. Results recorded by the load testing service.

Streaming Server test results

IDAutomation also offers several barcode streaming products that may be installed on the client's own servers: