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Jun172010

Visualizing and Understanding Heap Structure – Webcast

In this video, Mark Marron, who’s visiting Research in Software Engineering group (RiSE), describes some work and gives a short demo on a technique for visualizing and understanding a program’s runtime memory structure (which data structures are built, how big they’re, how they’re connected, etc.).

During the demo, he shows how the technique can be used to visualize a 150K object heap dump to quickly find out which parts are using most memory, which also helps us learn about how the program is using these objects (including finding a “quadtree” that isn’t really a tree):

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