Vaibhav Saini


Quorum stress-test 1: 140 TPS

Recently, I stress-tested a Quorum network consisting of 2 nodes on separate machines, and the result was 140 tps…

So, let’s see how to create a 2 node Quorum network in just a few minutes so that you can also stress-test your own Quorum network. But if you are new to Quorum, I suggest you go through the below article, to get a better understanding of this article.

If you are all set, then let’s get started.

Environment Used

I am using 2 separate AWS machines (Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS, t2-micro) for 2 separate Quorum nodes. Let us call them quorum-peer-1 and quorum-peer-2.

2 nodes on AWS

Now, if you are running 2 nodes as above then let’s assume IP address of quorum-peer-1 is IP-1 and IP address of quorum-peer-2 is IP-2.

Also, open the following ports in the security group(it’s better to use same security group for both the nodes).

Ports to open(all TCP ports ,accessible from anywhere):

  • 9001
  • 9004
  • 21000
  • 21003
  • 22000
  • 22003
  • 50401
  • 50404

Installing prerequisites

Now, we have to install prerequisites on both the nodes(better option is to use a snapshot and use that for installing prerequisites on both the machines). To install the prerequisites just copy and run the below script on both the machines.

Installing the Quorum application

Now ssh into the quorum-peer-1 and clone the below repository.

git clone;
cd quorum-testnode-1

Similarly, ssh into quorum-peer-2 and clone the below repository.

git clone;
cd quorum-testnode-2

And Voila, you are set to test the network.

P.S. special thanks to benchmarking scripts “chainhammer”
 by Dr Andreas Krueger,, London

Initializing network

Now execute the below command on both of the machines simultaneously as a super user (using sudo su).

./ <IP-1> <IP-2>; tail -f qdata/logs/constellation*.log

for example if IP-1 is and IP-2 is, then the above command will be like

tail -f qdata/logs/constellation*.log
Make sure that the IP’s are in correct order, or the script will not work as expected

You will see output similar to below ones.

quorum-peer-1 output
quorum-peer-2 output

If you encounter some error then execute ./ and again repeat the “Initializing network” step.

Press CTRL+C to exit the logs.

Testing the Network

Now, it’s time to test our network. In the quorum-peer-1 execute the below command

./ script1.js

Now, go to quorum-peer-2 and execute the below command


You will see output like the below one

quorum-peer-2 output

Now, here is the last command to measure the TPS. Execute the below command to start bombarding private transactions from quorum-peer-1 to quorum-peer-2 . Execute the following command in quorum-peer-1 and you will see output similar to screens shown below.

quorum-peer-1 transaction bombarding
quorum-peer-2 tps results
Now as you can see, in the above screen that for first 1000 trxs the average tps rate is around 140 tps.

Well, that’s better than many blockchains, but not really mind blowing.

when you go for 1000 tps but end up with 140 tps…

Well, that was it…your first Quorum network stress-test. If you made it to the end then comment you TPS below using different machine sizes. Let’s see how high it can go.

More by Vaibhav Saini

Topics of interest

More Related Stories