Difference Between Perf Data Reported by Different Tools – 4

.NET CLR Memory\% Time in GC counter and !runaway on thread(s) doing GC. The 2 common ways people use to look at the time spent in GC are the % Time in GC performance counter under .NET CLR Memory, and the CPU time displayed by the !runaway debugger command in cdb/windbg. What do they mean…

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Difference Between Perf Data Reported by Different Tools – 3

Both the !SOS.gchandles command (added in CLR 2.0) and the .NET CLR Memory\# GC Handles counter show you the number of GC handles you have in your process. The # GC Handles counter is one of the rare counters in the .NET CLR Memory category that doesn’t get updated at the end of each GC….

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Difference Between Perf Data Reported by Different Tools - 1

So, there are many perf tools and some of them report either the same or the same type of data. I want to talk about various differences between the ones related to managed heap investigation. This is not supposed to cover everything..just the ones I think people use frequently. Managed Heap Size We have both…

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My application seems to hang. What do I do? – Part 2

Last time I talked about the hang scenario where your process is taking 0 CPU and the CPU is taking by other process(es) on the same machine.   The next scenario is your process is taking 0 CPU and the CPU is barely used by other processes.   As one of the readers correctly pointed…

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Correlating the output of !eeheap -gc and !address

!address is a very powerful debugger command. It shows you exactly what your VM space looks like. If you already got the output from the !sos.eeheap -gc command (refer to this article for usage on sos), for example: 0:003> !eeheap -gcNumber of GC Heaps: 1generation 0 starts at 0x01245078generation 1 starts at 0x0124100cgeneration 2 starts…

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New MSDN Article - Investigating Memory Issues

We have a new MSDN article out in the November issue that talks about investigating managed memory issues. http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/11/CLRInsideOut/default.aspx?loc=en Take a look and let me know what you think. Oh, and it’s also in 6 other languages (German, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese and Chinese) for readers that prefer one of those languages.

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Tools that help diagnose managed memory related issues

I was writing an internal wiki page on performance and thought this info is useful to many external readers as well so here it goes. vadump is a good start. It’s an mstools tool – meaning you can find it on your NT CD under bin\mstools. You can take a snapshot of the process and…

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