Identifying the bottlenecks

In the previous section, we saw how a different choice of input parameters degrades the application runtime. Now, we need some way to accurately measure the execution time and find out the performance bottlenecks or the time consuming blocks of the code.

Measuring the execution time

Let's start by monitoring the time taken by the application. To do this, we will use Python's built-in time module. The time.perf_counter function is a performance counter that returns a clock with the highest available resolution. This function can be used to determine the time interval or the system-wide time difference between the two consecutive calls to the function.

Tip

The time.perf_counter function is available in Python versions 3.3 ...

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