Re: pango / fontconfig / cairo performance with rrdtool

Tobias Oetiker wrote:
> Wizards,
> A few months back I ported rrdtool ( over from
> libart/freetype to cairo/pango. It all went quite well and the
> resulting graphs look cool. But when it comes to performance things
> look realy bad.
> Creating a little test graph with rrdtool 1.2 (libart/freetype)
> takes about 0.01s while the same graph with (cairo/pango) takes
> 0.2s in other words, I am seeing a 20 times slow down. Creating
> several graphs in the same session does not change things much.
> I have sat down with callgrind to analyze and found that 80% of the
> time is spend in the
>   pango_font_map_load_fontset
> function. I bet I am doing something terribly wrong here, since I
> use the same font in only 2 sizes all over the graph.
> I have based my code on the example in the documentation
> but maybe this is not optimal. I tried to add some caching but it
> did not help much.
> I have put a few details up on
> any ideas ?

Hi Tobias,

The part creating the layout looks good.  Any *interesting* thing will be
hidden in other parts of the code, namely the code calling this function.  In
general I'm quite surprised that you are hitting the load_fontset() path all
the time as the fontsets should be cached and simply reused.  One way to debug
it is to run with FC_DEBUG=1 and look for all different Sort Patterns passed
to fontconfig and see how they differ (I'm guessing minor difference in the size).


> cheers
> tobi

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