User Guide

  • 2020.4
  • 12/10/2020
  • Public Content

Choosing Local and Network Usage Modes

With Intel® GPA, you can choose between local and remote (network) analysis of your game:
  • In the local mode, your target application and Intel® GPA tools run on the same system.
  • In the network mode, the target application runs on a remote system. The performance metrics are tracked on the system where the application runs, while the analysis system collects and displays the received data.
Choose the local mode in the following cases:
  • System analysis with System Analyzer HUD. This lightweight tool does not have significant performance impact.
  • Frame analysis on high-performance systems.
  • Platform analysis.
Choose the network mode in the following cases:
  • System analysis with the System Analyzer. Running the System Analyzer on a separate system provides the following benefits:
    • Both the System Analyzer and the application can be viewed full-screen on their respective systems.
    • The accuracy of the measurements is not affected. When both the System Analyzer and the application run on the same system, System Analyzer requires CPU and GPU cycles, which can affect the target application performance and alter the accuracy of the measurements.
    • With System Analyzer, you can connect to multiple hosts and profile multiple applications simultaneously.
      If you choose to run system analysis locally, use System Analyzer HUD to avoid the performance impact.
  • Frame analysis if you analyze very complex workloads or target low-performance systems, such as netbooks or Ultrabook™ devices. In this case, it is recommended that you run the analysis in the network mode, with the Intel® GPA tools running on a 64-bit system with at least 4 GB of memory.
  • If the target system hibernates, the connection to the Graphics Monitor is aborted.
  • If the target system goes to the power saving mode or the screen saver starts, you can get incorrect data. To get accurate measurements, restart the Graphics Monitor and the Graphics Frame Analyzer/Graphics Trace Analyzer.
To start the analysis in the local/network modes:
  1. Make sure that Intel® GPA tools are installed on the target and analysis systems. For the local mode, it is the same system.
  2. Start the Graphics Monitor on your target system.
  3. Launch the Intel® GPA tools on the analysis system and connect them to the Graphics Monitor running on the target system:
    • For System Analyzer, specify the IP address of the target system. If you want to use the tools in the local mode, you can enter the predefined
      <This Machine>
    • For Graphics Frame Analyzer, click the
      This PC
      button in the Open Frame Capture window and enter the IP address of the target system to use the tool in the network mode. Optionally, you can also set an alias for the remote system.  By default, Graphics Frame Analyzer is connected to the local system.
  4. If you connect to a target system for the first time, Graphics Monitor asks you to authorize the connection. Click
    Accept Once
    to allow the connection for the current session only, or
    Accept Always
    to add the system IP address to the list of authorized systems.
  5. Once the systems are connected, proceed with the selected analysis type.
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