CPU Load Utility
Moderators - Reputation: 6002
Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:35 PM
I know that I could do this with a VM, but I'm lazy, and I don't want to have to
install and configure an entire development environment on a VM if there is a tool that
would let me slow down the CPU and chew up RAM to simulate a slower computer.
I've Googled for apps, but some of them look a little skeevy, and since I'm at work,
I'd prefer to use a recommended one.
Any suggestions for this kind of thing?
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Crossbones+ - Reputation: 10007
Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:49 PM
The slowsort algorithm is a perfect illustration of the multiply and surrender paradigm, which is perhaps the single most important paradigm in the development of reluctant algorithms. The basic multiply and surrender strategy consists in replacing the problem at hand by two or more subproblems, each slightly simpler than the original, and continue multiplying subproblems and subsubproblems recursively in this fashion as long as possible. At some point the subproblems will all become so simple that their solution can no longer be postponed, and we will have to surrender. Experience shows that, in most cases, by the time this point is reached the total work will be substantially higher than what could have been wasted by a more direct approach.
- Pessimal Algorithms and Simplexity Analysis
Crossbones+ - Reputation: 2785
Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:55 AM
Trying to simulate a slow PC on a fast one is not going to give results that are accurate, and will make profiling awkward. The only thing I'd consider doing to simulate a slow PC is locking your program's affinity to a limited number of CPU cores with task manager.