in reply to Dreaming of a Better Profiler
I've used it for C++ profiling, it works great. You could use the same technique with perl.
Since I'm a hardware guy, I flip a bit on the parallel port at the entrance and the exit of the process, and watch the duty cycle of the waveform with an oscilloscope. You could use a cheap voltmeter to do the same trick, just add a resistor and capacitor to convert the pulse widths into a DC voltage.