• 01/27/2020
  • Public Content

Identify Basic GPU/CPU Bound Scenarios

Content expert:
Oleg Fedyaev
If rendering in your graphics application is visibly slow, explore GPU and CPU queues available in Graphics Trace Analyzer to determine whether your application is GPU-bound or CPU-bound.


To identify GPU-bound graphics applications, you need the following:
  • Tool:
    Intel® GPA
    Graphics Trace Analyzer
To download a free copy of the Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers toolkit, visit the Intel® GPA product page.
  • Operating System:
  • GPU:
  • API:
    DirectX* 9-12, Vulkan*
How to Start Analysis
o get started with your analysis:
  1. Launch the Intel® GPA Graphics Monitor on your target system.
  2. Capture a sample trace. A trace contains performance data connected with your application and system.
  3. Open the captured trace in the Graphics Trace Analyzer to explore performance events in GPU/CPU queues and VSync events generated by a window display manager.
Analyze GPU and CPU queues
Graphics rendering is a process of submitting commands into a graphics driver. Driver batches submitted commands in command buffers, pushes the buffers into a Driver CPU queue, and schedules the commands for executing on the GPU. The size of a queue indicates whether the GPU is busy or starved. The queue size also shows how many graphics commands are submitted, and how many of them wait for the execution.

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