Debugging Performance

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Debugging performance comes down to:

  1. identify the bottleneck
  2. alleviate the bottleneck

Here's some areas to check:


You can look at top and see if your CPUs are running at 100%. If so, your CPU is a bottleneck.

Can your process take advantage of multiple CPUs?

Some applications cannot take advantage of multiple CPUs, mainly as a byproduct of it's implementation. Many scripting languages do not support multiple CPUs:

  • CPython (kind of: Python bytecode can only execute one thread at a time per process)
  • NodeJS
  • Ruby

In this situation, a single CPU running at 100% could be an indicator of a bottleneck.



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