This directory contains a collection of traces that represent applications
in the wild. In particular, they represent behaviour that someone thought
worthy of further study and analysis!
To capture a trace:
$ cairo-trace --profile application [args...]
This will produce a application.$pid.lzma file. If you think it is
interesting add it to this repository, giving it a short but descriptive
name, and add a note here explaining what the trace captures.
To replay traces:
Use cairo/perf/cairo-perf-trace. By default cairo-perf-trace will loop
over all traces within cairo/perf/cairo-traces for all test targets. To run
against a subset specify a series of traces on the command line and use the
CAIRO_TEST_TARGET environment variable to filter the target. For example,
CAIRO_TEST_TARGET=xlib ./cairo-perf-trace firefox.
1. Nothing obscene, or otherwise unsuitable for viewing by children or in the
workplace - please be considerate to others. The trace should also respect
copyright where appropriate. Even though the content is not usually visible
during a replay, it is not acceptable to distribute such material via
2. Each trace must be "representative of a significant use". The goal is a
set of traces that capture the behaviour of real applications during active
sessions. (We must guard against the tests becoming too artificial as that
is better served by purpose-written micro-benchmarks.)
3. For practical reasons (i.e. continuous performance testing), each trace
should neither be profligate in the resources consumed nor the duration of
the run. However, I'm loathe to exclude tests simply because they take too
long or can not be run on tiny machines. (Instead, I plan to create subset
of tests that have been truncated to run within 60s on a 2GHz Intel Core2.)
4. If the application significantly improves such that the current trace
is no longer representative of that application, it must be replaced. This
is to ensure that we do not try to optimise for "historically broken
Traces (found in the full/ directory)
firefox-20090601 - browsing various news site, in particular the
international BBC News website.
firefox-36-20090609 - browsing news sites and blogs at font size 36
Warning: this needs lots of RAM, working set > 512 MiB.
firefox-36-20090611 - browsing http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/languages/,
single page at a time with font size 36
Warning: this needs lots of RAM, working set > 512 MiB.
firefox-woodtv - A page with a gratiutiously large and obscured background,
can cause misbehaving drivers to freeze!
firefox-world-map - Rotating a vector map of the world:
firefox-periodic-table - Resizing a German periodic table of the elements
firefox-talos-gfx-20090702 - Firefox Talos performance suite, gfx tests (SYNTHETIC)
firefox-talos-svg-20090702 - Firefox Talos performance suite, svg tests (SYNTHETIC)
gnome-terminal-20090601 - exercising the various performance tests within vte
gnome-terminal-20090728 - ls -lR /usr
A real-world example of a many glyphs micro-benchmark!
evolution-20090605 - perusing some old cairo@ mail
swfdec-giant-steps-full - http://michalevy.com/wp-content/uploads/Giant%20Steps%202007.swf
swfdec-youtube-full - http://www.youtube.com/v/l6IAoPAjzpw&hl=en&fs=1&
swfdec-fill-rate - an example slideshow created from www.slide.com
swfdec-fill-rate-2xaa - ditto, but with 2x FSAA
swfdec-fill-rate-4xaa - ditto, but with 4x FSAA
poppler-bug-12266 - A notorious document that is slow to render in poppler,
and suffered a severe regression with the clipping
poppler-record - Experimental traces to exercise the recording surface
epiphany-20090810 - Downloading a 2 GB file, mainly updating a progress
bar and associated text.
epiphany-webkit-20090810 - Running epiphany using the webkit backend over a
couple of planets and the internal BBC news.
It appears the cairo backend is not very mature...
gnome-system-monitor-20090821 - A clean cairo version of gnome-system-monitor,
graphing CPU/memory/network activity whilst
reading the news with epiphany.
The benchmarks are a set of trimmed traces that should run in a reasonable
timeframe (I'm aiming for <10 seconds on a 2GHz Core2 with cairo-image, using
./csi-trace --trim=10). The idea here is that this allows us to quickly
determine a representative metric without running the whole suite -- and is
useful for the casual user. The full traces are kept as they will exercise
corner cases much more thoroughly and are not compromised by the conversion.
To run the benchmark subset, use cairo-perf-trace benchmark.
firefox-talos-gfx - The synthetic firefox benchmark (identical to
firefox-talos-gfx-20090702) that exercise the core renderer.
firefox-talos-svg - The synthetic firefox benchmark (identical to
firefox-talos-svg-20090702) that exercise the SVG renderer.
firefox-planet-gnome - Scrolling the full height of http://planet.gnome.org/
firefox-fishtank - A HTML5 canvas demo, courtesy of
This is a sprite based animation, and mostly tests the
performance of unaligned, scaled alpha blits.
firefox-fishbowl - A HTML5 canvas demo, courtesy of
A slightly more complex fishtank.
firefox-paintball - A HTML5 canvas demo, courtesy of
firefox-particles - A HTML5 canvas demo, courtesy of
firefox-chalkboard - Another HT|ML5 canvas demo written by Microsoft to
demonstrate their own virtues by highlighting poor
firefox-canvas - A pair of synthetic canvas benchmarks, found in the wild
firefox-canvas-alpha at http://flashcanvas.net/examples/dl.dropbox.com/u/1865210/mindcat/canvas_perf.html
firefox-asteroids - A HTML5 game benchmark,
firefox-scrolling - A bug report concerning an ancient performance regression
firefox-tron - An animated digital book by Disney advertising Tron Legacy
gvim - Scrolling within a window showing a UTF-8 document
gnome-terminal-vim - The same test but using vim inside a gnome-terminal,
but repeated more often to give a comparable time.
evolution - based on full/evolution-20090607
gnome-system-monitor - based on full/gnome-system-monitor-20090821
midori-zoomed - scroll http://www.jakob-persson.com/styles_demo/?s=5
whilst zoomed in.
ocitysmap - ocitysmap-render -f png -c Sanguinet
popper - based on full/poppler-20090811
poppler-reseau - A vector based map of a French city, which is
abnormally slow in cairo:
swfdec-giant-steps - based on full/swfdec-giant-steps
swfdec-youtube - based on full/swfdec-youtube
xfce4-terminal-a1 - scrolling 'man gcc' using the terminus font
grads-heat-map - provided by Jennifer Adams, a typical output from
GraDS, an open-source program for the analsyis and
display of meteorlogical data. The trace is heavy in
unantialiased fills and strokes.
chromium-tabs - provided by Jindrich Makovicka to exercise an issue
he found will switching between tabs in Chromium, where
the xlib backend on his machine was over 200x slower
than the image backend.
gtkperf - a refined capture from the GtkPerf benchmark using the
AdWaita theme. Only interesting from the pathological
thunar - a capture of using a selection box in Thunar. This is
noteworthy for their new rendering technique of using a
MULTIPLY composite operation for the selection rectangle.