Stress Testing – process of subjecting the device under test to out of boundary conditions. The device under test should report an error message, gracefully shut down, or reject the input in some other way. In no case, should the device under test crash, reboot, or cause any harm.
An example of stress test can be 50 SNMP managers simultaneously querying one SNMP agent in the device under test. Normally, no more than one to three managers concurrently query an SNMP agent in a device. The device should perform an appropriate action.