Resource-aware, intelligent scheduling service

QiTASC’s sQedule is a resource-aware scheduler that schedules tests on intaQt agents. sQedule then evaluates and allocates phones to test cases based on availability and priority. sQedule always executes the maximum number of possible test cases by optimising the test cases’ properties and available devices. This increases the amount of testing while preventing failures due to unavailable phones or incorrect test case selection.

Purpose of sQedule

In addition to test case selection and execution, sQedule has been developed to:

  • Assign the correct devices to each test case based on availability
  • Ensure the optimal combination of test cases and devices is running at any given time
  • Reduce or eliminate test case failures that occur when devices aren’t available

Cross-platform functionality

sQedule is fully compatible with Windows, Linux and macOS. All the features and parameters listed below can be run and specified from within intaQt studio or via standard command-line interfaces.

Customizable scalability

Resource-aware scheduling helps teams scale up their test execution volume. This is done by automating the selection and prioritising and scheduling tests that do not need human supervision such as regression tests. Furthermore, sQedule’s resource-aware intelligence allows it to execute several magnitudes more of test cases than would be possible with a team of testers.

Reduce testing costs for your team

Because sQedule takes over time-consuming manual activities such as test case assignment, scheduling and prioritisation, it reduces the number of intaQt licences that teams need. This is especially helpful for small teams with limited budgets. For example, if you have a team of five testers who aren’t always running test cases at the same time, one or two floating intaQt licences and one sQedule subscription is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing individual licences to cover each tester in the team.

Despite having fewer intaQt licences, your team will still see an improvement in its output. By allocating test suites to sQedule, it also leaves your testers with even more time to focus on complex tests and urgent tasks.

The sQedule client

The sQedule command-line tool provides the same functionality and scope for customisation as the UI. Teams that use continuous integration environments such as Jenkins or TeamCity can therefore incorporate sQedule into their builds to further increase levels of automation across projects.

Like the UI, sQedule CLI lets users define

  • Which tests (features) to execute
  • When tests should be run
  • How many times to retry tests upon failure
  • What type of order (eager, random or sequential) to use
  • The maximum number of parallel test case executions
  • Delays between test cases, such as for cool-down periods
  • The sQedule server URL
  • Optional authentication credentials

Additional features

sQedule also supports more advanced configuration options for more complex test case scheduling use cases, such as

  • Recognising configuration switches or IoT devices
  • Schedule constraints, such as time constraints where certain test cases are only run on even days or during the last quarter of an hour
  • Test case grouping mechanisms to automically schedule constrained groups of test cases

sQedule UI

sQedule is available as a user interface within intaQt studio and as a command-line tool. The user interface lets users specify parameters so that tests are optimally executed. You can access by right-clicking on the project file, clicking on Open Module Settings or by tapping the F4 key. Click on Modules to type your username and password under Set new credentials.

sQedule UI

The UI lets users define

  • Which tests (features) to execute
  • When tests should be run
  • How many times to retry tests upon failure
  • What type of order (eager, random or sequential) to use
  • The maximum number of parallel test case executions
  • Delays between test cases, such as for cool-down periods
  • The sQedule server URL

sQedule UI

Optionally, the sQedule UI lets users define authentication credentials.

Table of contents

List of other software tools

intaQt

Runtime environment for test automation framework

intaQt studio

Test case development UI

intaQt client

Command-line interface of the test automation framework

intaQt verification

Charging verification

intaQt web-ui

Web-based test case development UI

cheQ

Trace comparison

sQedule

Resource-aware, intelligent scheduling service

colleQtor

Evidence collector

conQlude

Reporting and issue tracking

mimiQ

Simulator/message sequence generator.

mimiQ load: load generator

cdr-linQ

CDR search engine

reloQate

Centralised SIM store for remote testing

subsQriber-db

Asset management data store