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Application Profiling in the MoSync Emulator

The MoSync SDK 2.6 includes an application profiler which can output performance statistics whenever you run the MoRE emulator. That makes it easy to track down performance issues and optimize your application.

Running the profiler

To run a profiling session, right click on your project and select Profile As > Profile on MoSync Emulator.

Your application will launch in the usual way, and a new tab will open in the editor view. As soon as the application terminates, the profiling data will show on this new tab. (At this time MoSync only supports post-mortem profiling.)

Hotspots and Call Tree tabs


There are two sub-tabs at the bottom of the view: Hotspots and Call Tree.

The Hotspots sub-tab lets you see which functions are taking the most time:


The Call Tree sub-tab shows which functions called which and the time spent in each:


The following columns are shown:

  • Function – The name of the function being profiled.
  • [%] – The percentage of time used by the function compared to the total execution time.
  • Self time (Hotspots only) – The time used by the function, not counting time spent in other functions called by it.
  • Aggregate time (Call Tree only) – The time used by the function, counting time spent in functions called by it.
  • Calls - The total number of calls made while the application was running.

Click on any of the column headings to sort the results by that column. Click again to sort them in reverse order.

Filtering results

At the top right corner of the profiling view, there is a Quick Filter text box. Whatever you type there will be used to filter out functions. For example, to see all MoSync syscalls, type "ma". The filter is not case sensitive.

As well as the Quick Filter, there are more advanced filtering options in the launch configuration dialog box. To open the launch configuration dialog box, select Run > Run Configurations from the main menu, then look for Profiled MoSync Emulated App in the tree. You will see the application that you just launched there.

Highlight your application in the tree. Information about the application will be shown on the right. Select the Profiling tab. Here you will find the advanced filtering options:

  • Name filter – similar to the Quick Filter; whatever is typed here is used to filter the function names. Several filters can be provided by using a space character as a separator.
  • File filter – the contents of this text box is used to filter the functions to those implemented in certain files. For example, writing main.cpp in this text box will grey out all functions not implemented in that file. Several filters can be provided by using a space as separator.
  • Use Regular Expressions – when checked, will allow for arbitrary regular expressions in the filter text boxes. Note: if you need spaces or backslashes in your regular expression, use backslash (\) to escape the space.

Saving a Profiling Session to file

To be able to shared profiling data, there is functionality to save a session to file. To do this, select File > Save As from the main menu and choose a file location. To open a profiling session, select File > Open and choose the file to open.

 

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