The test attempts to create realistic high load situations by maximizing randomised traffic to memory from processor and I/O. The developers advise users that running stressapptest on a live system “could cause other applications to become extremely slow or unresponsive”.
More details about the Stressful Application Test can be found in the Introduction and User Guide. Stressful Application Test 1.0.0 is available to download from Google Code and is released under version 2.0 of the Apache License. An installation guide is also available.