On the Spot!

SPOT ArchitectureOne of the new tools in the latest 12.2 release of Oracle Solaris Studio is SPOT -  The Simple Performance Optimization Tool.

SPOT simplifies the process of performance analysis by running an application under a common set of tools and producing HTML reports of its findings, which provides the following benefits:

  • By creating reports in HTML format, SPOT lets you place the reports on a server that can be accessed by an entire development team. For example, a SPOT report can be examined by remote colleagues, or referred to during a meeting. You could even email a URL of a particular line of source code, or disassembly, to a colleague for further review.

  • The SPOT report archives the compiler build commands as well as the profile for the active parts of the application. By comparing the current application profile with an older profile, you can easily check for changed code or changed compiler build flags.

  • SPOT can also profile the application according to the most frequently occurring hardware events, indicating which routines are encountering which problems.

Complete documentation on SPOT is here

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