Announcement: Hierarchical Profiler

Janel Garvin <>
27 Mar 1997 13:22:26 -0500

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From: Janel Garvin <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 27 Mar 1997 13:22:26 -0500
Organization: Tracepoint/DIGITAL
Keywords: tools, C++, available

TracePoint Technology (subsidiary of Digital Equipment Corp) has
launched a hierarchical profiler for 32-bit Windows apps created with
Visual C++ 4.x to 5.0. The profiler works on exes and dlls (rather
than source or object code) and thus eliminates all preprocessing time
for extremely fast implementation. The entire profiling operation can
be done in just minutes on most apps. The interface is command line or
GUI, and the results are displayed in easy to look at charts and graphs.

It is a hierarchical profiler, meaning that it shows not only the
self-time of any function but it also shows all the calls between
parents and children and the time taken by those activities. This
allows you to really see where the time is being taken and to spot any
architectural flaws.

Typically you profile a debug version of your app which includes symbol
table information; however, HiProf will also instrument and measure any
call site so you can see how much total time third-party components or
dlls are taking up (yes, you can measure time taken by MFC components).

The profiler's name is HiProf and a 30-day trial version is now
available for download from


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