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Chapter 11. Performance Hunt 2: A Latency-Sensitive Application (nautilus)

This chapter contains an example of how to use the Linux performance tools to find and fix a performance problem in a latency-sensitive application.

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

  • Use ltrace and oprofile to figure out where latency is being generated in a latency-sensitive application.

  • Use gdb to generate a stack trace for each call to a "hot" function.

  • Use performance tools to determine where time is spent for an application that uses many different shared libraries.

  • Use this chapter as a template to find the cause of high latency in a latency-sensitive application.

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