In this video, Mark Marron, who is visiting the Research in Software Engineering group (RiSE) for the summer, 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 are, how they are 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 the most memory, which also helps us learn about how the program is using these objects (including finding a “quadtree” that is not really a tree).
- Try it live at http://rise4fun.com/heapdbg
The Research in Software Engineering team (RiSE) coordinates Microsoft's research in Software Engineering in Redmond, USA.