# MapServer, Optimize for performance
The MapServer software offers many powerful and advanced features that many users haven’t found yet. Come and learn some of the tricks to optimize configurations to achieve excellent performance in the rendering of stunning cartographic maps. Complex road shield labeling is one of the use cases that will be shared. Many of the tricks are based on advanced preprocessing of the data sources using the GDAL/OGR tools. Another subject will be around different ways to use tile indexes and how that can influence flexibility and performance. Some advanced line symbology examples will be highlighted, that are used in a larger open source development with Mapserver. Finally, we will show how to measure and even set up automatic tests to verify the results. The presenter is a frequent Mapserver user.