The Art of Profiling Using Intel VTune Amplifier, Part 4

In previous parts of this series, I discussed how to set up a VTune Basic Hotspots analysis to profile the target program. By quickly going through the program, you would notice that there is a significant loop at line 88 in the gen_pswd function. Therefore, one might think that gen_pswd is the hotspot. However, the results reported by VTune says otherwise. Make sure that you are on the Hotspots by CPU Usage viewpoint to follow this article. Continue reading


The Art of Profiling Using Intel VTune Amplifier, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I discussed the fundamentals of profiling and provided an introduction to VTune. Now it’s time to create, configure, and run an analysis. Since we are interested in finding performance hotspots, we have two analysis types to choose from: Basic Hotspots and Advanced Hotspots. The former uses time-based sampling and the latter uses event-based sampling. Throughout this series, I’ll use both of them starting with Basic Hotspots. In a real world scenario, if you can use Advanced Hotspots, then you can just use that instead and enjoy the smaller sampling interval and lighter overhead. Continue reading

The Art of Profiling Using Intel VTune Amplifier, Part 1

Intel VTune Amplifier is the ultimate performance profiler and analyzer for Intel processors. It supports all Intel processors and works on Windows, Linux, Android, and macOS. The basic profiling features work on non-Intel compatible processors (I’ll discuss them in Part 2). If you’re working in a non-commercial environment, you can obtain it for free. Otherwise, you can either avail the free 30-day evaluation or, if you or your boss are rich, you can purchase it. Continue reading

An Education System That Works

Most or all governments in the world employ an education system that can be described as multi-stage lecture-based, and it works like this. There are about a dozen stages of increasing density and complexity, each has a duration of one year. During each stage, there are a bunch of courses about a variety of topics. Each student then must attend daily lectures, solve many assignments, study these courses, and pass all the exams with sufficiently high grades. Only then the student can move on to the next stage of the system and go through this whole process again, except that with courses that demand more time and effort. This system is implemented by building and maintaining many schools and colleges and hiring teachers for all the courses in all the stages and staff for doing the managerial and maintenance work. This is more or less the same system that has been used for hundreds of years, before the invention of any electrical machines.

Does this system work? Continue reading

Most Popular Programming Languages in a Meaningful and Reasonable Way

Many people are curious to know what the most popular programming languages are in the sense that they are being actively used to write code. This is usually done annually. If you look this up in your favorite search engine you will probably find many lists or charts. Among the most prestigious websites that produce charts of the most popular programming languages is IEEE Spectrum. Their list for 2016 can be found here.

While they use many sources to reasonably sort languages by popularity, the list of languages they show is not really meaningful. Continue reading