Feature-Specific Profiling

  • Vincent St-AmourEmail author
  • Leif Andersen
  • Matthias Felleisen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9031)


High-level languages come with significant readability and maintainability benefits. Their performance costs, however, are usually not predictable, at least not easily. Programmers may accidentally use high-level features in ways that compiler writers could not anticipate, and they may thus produce underperforming programs as a result.

This paper introduces feature-specific profiling, a profiling technique that reports performance costs in terms of linguistic constructs. With a feature-specific profiler, a programmer can identify specific instances of language features that are responsible for performance problems. After explaining the architecture of our feature-specific profiler, the paper presents the evidence in support of adding feature-specific profiling to the programmer’s toolset.


Linguistic Feature Feature Mark User Code Latent Mark Contract System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent St-Amour
    • 1
    Email author
  • Leif Andersen
    • 1
  • Matthias Felleisen
    • 1
  1. 1.PLT @ Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

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