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developerWorks: Speed Your Code with the GNU Profiler

Apr 06, 2006, 04:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martyn Honeyford)

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"The performance needs of software vary, but it's probably not surprising that many applications have very stringent speed requirements. Video players are a good example: a video player is not much use if it can only play a video at 75 percent of the required speed.

"Other applications, such as video encoding, are lengthy operations that are best run 'batch' style, where you start a job and leave it running while you go do something else. Although these types of applications don't have such hard performance limits, increasing speed will still bring benefits, such as being able to encode more videos over a given period and being able to encode at a higher quality in the same time..."

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