Several people have been asking me for some general advice on how to do performance analysis and so I thought I’d summarize some of the training material I’ve used in a brief article. I’m going to try to cover a variety of cases but, as usual, I’m also going to try to be brief which means the information will only be approximately correct. Please keep that in mind. :)

It’s important to remember that the output of most performance analysis is a document. The point of that document is to succinctly describe the present…