New Performance Enhancements in Magnet AXIOM Mean Faster Results

Processing Times Reduced Dramatically in AXIOM 1.0.6

By Jad Saliba, Founder and CTO at Magnet Forensics

Last week, we released Magnet AXIOM version 1.0.6. This update included a number of features and fixes, but one of the main goals was to address issues we, and our customers, had seen in processing times. And we did it! AXIOM Process times are now testing as being equal to, or slightly faster than, IEF.

Here’s how we did it…Customers told us that AXIOM Process (AXIOM’s application for acquisition and processing of images) was slower at processing data than IEF. Absolutely it was. We expected processing to take about 10-15% longer because AXIOM simply does more. (The 10-15% increase assumes an “apples-to-apples” scenario. Comparing AXIOM to the full implementation of IEF – with both the Business and Mobile modules included.)

However, we were being told about cases where AXIOM Process was four to 10 times slower than IEF, which was not acceptable. The team went to work trying to recreate those scenarios and find root causes for the deltas in performance.

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We already had performance testing in place, but had to research different image types and identify new images that had poor performance. Our performance systems track the performance of both IEF and AXIOM on an hourly basis. This allows us to quickly spot any issues and to log them for correction as we build fixes and enhancements.

Click here to read about some of the culprits driving AXIOM Process speeds, to see Magnet Forensics’ data on processing speeds, and to see the features we have added to AXIOM Process.

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