Friday, June 14, 2013

CLR Profiler – Timeline Graph Report for a Windows Application

The CLR Profiler provides various types of reports which help in determining the performance of the application and tuning it. The “Timeline Graph” report shows the object allocations done to the Heap over a specific time period.

To view the “Timeline Graph” report, use the following steps.
1. Start CLR Profiler (CLRProfiler.exe)
2. Make sure that the following check boxes are selected:
    Profiling active
3. Click Start Application (or) Select File -> Profile Application
4. In the File dialog which opens, select the applications .Exe file and click Open
5. This will open the application, work on the application and finally close the application
6. Once the application exits, the Profiler summary screen will open, close this summary dialog.
7. Click on View -> Timeline Graph option to open the Report

The following screen shows on how the “Timeline Graph” report details will be displayed for a simple Windows Application.

The X-Axis of the chart represents the time scales over with the objects were allocated to Memory, and the Y-Axis represents the Memory address locations of the allocation.

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