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Intel® VTune™ Profiler is a performance analysis tool for serial and multithreaded applications. Use VTune Profiler:
  • to determine the most time-consuming (hot) functions in your application
  • to discover on very fine-grained level which section of code (loop, source code line or even data field) do not effectively utilize available processor time
  • to analyse communication behavior that affects threaded performance
  • for accurate analysis with low overhead
  • for serial and multithreaded applications
    • MPI (MPT, OpenMPI)
    • OpenMP, Intel® oneAPI Threading Building Blocks, native threads
  • Languages:
    • C/C++/C#, Fortran, Python and others
Developer: Intel
Platforms: Hawk, Vulcan
Category: Performance Analyzer
License: Commercial
Website: Intel® VTune™ Profiler homepage

Using Intel VTune

To perform the performance analyse of your application with VTune you don’t need special compiler wrapper or libraries. Just recompile and relink your code with extra –g option in order to include debug information. VTune works well for dynamically linked binaries. Here you can find some tips for statically linked binaries.


module load vtune # set up VTune environment 
module load gcc mpt 

Compilation example:

mpicxx –O2 -g -Wl,-Bdynamic main.cpp 

Run analysis:

VTune has both a GUI and command line tool: vtune-gui and vtune. The following types of analysis are available on Hawk:

  • hotspots - Analyze application flow and identify sections of code that take a long time to execute (hotspots).
  • threading - Discover how well your application is using parallelism to take advantage of all available CPUs. Identify and locate synchronization issues causing overhead or idle wait time resulting in lost performance.
  • memory-consumption - Analyze memory consumption by your Linux application, its distinct memory objects and their allocation stacks.

NOTE: The VTune project working directory and the results directory must be placed on lustre FS.


module load vtune
module load gcc mpt
mpirun -np 128  vtune -collect hotspots -r ${WORKDIR}/results_dir -- ./a.out your_input.file


You can also generate the report in text form using the VTune command line tool:

vtune -help report 
vtune -report ''summary'' -r ${WORKDIR}/results_dir

Or you can open the results of analysis in vtune-gui tool.

For some use cases you might need to limit the amount of raw data to be collected. Define this limit in MB through the data-limit option:

mpirun -np 128 vtune -collect hotspots -data-limit=200 -- ./a.out

Some more information about VTune you can find here.

See also

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