Process Monitor Profiling Support

August 28, 2011

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If you’re looking for a very simple profiler that will give you a general idea how CPU utilization is distributed in your system, look no further than the latest version of Process Monitor.

Under Tools | Profiling Events, you can enable stack trace collection every second or every 100ms for all running processes.

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The profiling events have an execution stack, exactly like any other event in Process Monitor, and you can gain a quick impression where CPU time is spent and which call stacks are responsible for it.

Here’s an example call stack from a devenv.exe thread captured in the profiling mode:

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And here is an aggregating view for all the activity in the log (under Tools | Stack Summary):

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