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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [09.07.04]
Manufactured by: Microsoft

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WebMark Performance Cont'd

This section of WebMark deals with "Commercial Transactions". The first scenario is:

Purchasing: This site represents activities involved in the purchasing of goods or service from an online retailer or merchant. The workload models the steps of a purchasing manager of a small retailer who visits the web site of a large wholesale store that offers a variety of consumer goods for purchase by small retailers.

1) The user visits the homepage and views the Flash animation of the featured product. The user proceeds to the clothing department of the home page.

2) The purchasing manager searches and sorts the company's product catalog (XML, XSL) to select dresses from the catalog.

3) The user selects a clothing article, views a Flash animation that displays it in all available colours and uses a virtual dressing room to select accessories. The user adds the selected items to the shopping cart.

4) Later the user visits the Electronics section and browses the DVD player catalog (XML, XSL). The user uses the search and sort features of the catalog to select a DVD player.

5) The user reviews the product features by viewing the Shockwave 3D demonstration of the product features.

6) The user adds the product to the shopping cart, reviews the items in the shopping cart, and proceeds to the checkout in secure mode and uses digital wallet (Java) to submit payment information to complete the transaction.

And once again, a virtual tie.

Finance: This site represents activities provided by financial institutions for delivering trading services or financial information utilities such as stock quotes. The workload models an online brokerage house that assists traders in trading with other agencies by providing trading services and information utilities like charts and prediction models.

1) A trader visits the homepage and logs into the portfolio page. From the portfolio page, the trader navigates to the details page of a commodity. In the page, the trader views a Flash advertisement of a brokerage firm.

2) The trader views the graphs of real-time prices of the commodities in a detailed quote viewer (.Net). The information is provided to the viewer application as a web service (.Net). The trader then selects various views of the data based on the price history and, chart types.

3) The trader proceeds to the inventory page and uses a detailed inventory viewer (.Net) to view the graphical representation of the inventory levels during different data ranges and in different chart types. The trader also starts a prediction model provided by the viewer application to forecast the inventory levels for the next year.

4) The trader visits the trading page, specifies the commodity and the quantity for a trade, selects a trader from the trader-list (XML) and places an order. The trader is directed to the trade confirmation page. The trader then logs out of the site.

Another tie! Looks like web browsing is virtually unaffected by SP2.

Marketplace: This site represents activities provided by an online marketplace that offers interactive tools to assist buyers and sellers in marking purchasing decisions. The workload follows the course of a homebuilder visiting a house builder’s market place showcasing housing components from many different suppliers.

1) The builder logs into the site and views a Flash advertisement of a supplier. The builder proceeds to review the status of his previous orders.

2) The builder navigates to the catalog (XML, XSL), and then searches catalog to find products that fit his floor plan and sorts the results using different criteria.

3) Using the blueprints of his floor plan in the virtual floor planner (Flash), the user interactively adds the appropriate part and chooses the ones that fit best.

4) After making a selection, the builder views a Shockwave 3D demonstration of the selected item and browses the specification document (PDF).

5) The builder adds the selected products to the shopping cart, reviews the items in the shopping cart, places the order and completes the transaction.

This time SP1 kicks SP2's ass, although I am not sure why. This test scenario is almost identical to the Purchasing one above, the only difference being the use of Adobe Reader...

Before we come to our conclusion, let's find out how SP2 affects gaming performance.

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