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The Vampir suite of tools offers scalable event analysis through a nice GUI which enables a fast and interactive rendering of very complex performance data. The suite consists of Vampirtrace, Vampir and Vampirserver. Ultra large data volumes can be analyzed with a parallel version of Vampirserver, loading and analysing the data on the compute nodes with the GUI of Vampir attaching to it.

Vampir is based on standard QT and works on desktop Unix workstations as well as on parallel production systems. The program is available for nearly all platforms like Linux-based PCs and Clusters, IBM, SGI, SUN. NEC, HP, and Apple.

Developer: GWT-TUD GmbH
Category: Performance Analyzer
License: Commercial
Website: Vampir homepage


Vampir consists of a GUI interface and a analysis backend. In order to use Vampir, You first need to generate a trace of Your application, preferably using VampirTrace. The Open Trace Format (OTF) trace consists of a file for each MPI process (*.events.z) a trace definition file (*.def.z) and the master trace file (*.otf) describing the other files. Fore details how to generate OTF traces see Vampirtrace.


To analyze small traces (< 500 MB of trace data), you can use Vampir standalone with the default backend:

module load performance/vampir vampir


For large-scale traces (> 500MB and up to many thousand MPI processes), use the parallel VampirServer backend (on compute nodes allocated through the queuing system), and attach to it using vampir:

qsub -I -lnodes=16:nehalem:ppn=8,walltime=1:0:0

module load performance/vampirserver

vampirserver start -n $((16*8 - 1))
Warning: The number of analysis processes must not exceed the number of processes requested minus one!

This will show you a connection host and port:

VampirServer 7.5.0
Licensed to HLRS
Running 255 analysis processes.
Server listens on: n010802:30000

Open a new shell window, login to one of the login nodes of the system and open vampir.

module load performance/vampir vampir

Now use the "Remote open" button and enter the host and port displayed by VampirServer. Proceed and select the trace you want to open.

Example of remote open on Nehalem-Cluster

Hazelhen special

Request an interactive session

qsub -I -lnodes=4:ppn=24 -lwalltime=2:00:00

Load the vampirserver module

module load performance/vampirserver

Start the vampirserver on the compute nodes using

vampirserver start -n $(($PBS_NP - 1))

This will show you a connection host and port which you have to remember for later:

Launching VampirServer...
VampirServer 8.1.0 (r8451)
Licensed to HLRS
Running 95 analysis processes... (abort with vampirserver stop 61)
VampirServer <61> listens on: nid07625:30000
Warning: The number of analysis processes must not exceed the number of processes requested minus one!

Open a new terminal and look up on which login node you are using:


which will display e.g.


Now go back to the terminal running the interactive session and forward the vampirserver to the login node using the connection info from the vampirserver output before:

ssh -N -R 30000:nid07625:30000 eslogin005

Now you can proceed opening vampir on the login node and connect to localhost at the forwarded port number in vampir using Open Other...-->Remote File.

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