We all know how good Perl is at munging text. But what do you do when your Perl text-munging code isn't fast enough for what you're trying to do?
We needed to extract useful information from tens of gigabytes of web-server log files. Our Perl code was simple and obvious, but not fast enough for our purposes. When profiling revealed a frequently-executed regex as the bottleneck, we tried several things to make it faster.
This talk looks at what we did to speed up our regex-heavy code (by a factor of well over 100 in some places), identifying a few general-purpose optimisation techniques on the way.