Determining the durability of a system by pushing it to its limits. Stress testing a network is performed by transmitting excessive numbers of packets or attempting to break in illegally. Software stress testing is done by feeding the program erroneous data as well as activating all interface options in all possible sequences. Hardware stress testing involves using the devices in extreme temperatures and hazardous environments.
stress testing - Investment & Finance Definition
A scenario-forecasting technique applied to a portfolio or asset that evaluates how the portfolio would respond if different adverse market conditions occurred. Stress testing is one of the techniques done in risk management to evaluate how badly the owner of the portfolio might be affected if certain unexpected events occurred.