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Some small hints for profiling utilities used on Linux systems.

gmon and gperf hints

  • compile with -pg in both CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS and LDFLAGS

  • use env variable GMON_OUT_PREFIX to make programs output to $GMON_OUT_PREFIX.$pid instead of gmon.out

  • despite warnings, usable on multithreaded programs (all threads' times are added up), even if you can't tell individual threads apart

using linux's perf

  • record: perf record -g [-o outputfile] program

  • view data: perf report [-i inputfile]

When a program is running with MPI, its rank is stored in the $PMI_RANK env variable.

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