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  • 10/23/2020
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Profiling in a Singularity* Container

This recipe guides you through the configuration of a Singularity container for the Intel® VTune™ Amplifier analysis to identify hotspots in an application running in the isolated container environment.


This section lists the hardware and software tools used for the performance analysis scenario.
  • Application
    This Java* application is used as a demo and not available for download.
  • Tools
    : Intel VTune Amplifier 2018
    • For
      downloads and product support, visit
    • All the Cookbook recipes are scalable and can be applied to Intel VTune Amplifier 2018 and higher. Slight version-specific configuration changes are possible.
    • Intel® VTune™ Amplifier has been renamed to Intel® VTune™ Profiler starting with its version for Intel® oneAPI Base Toolkit (Beta). You can still use a standalone version of the VTune Profiler, or its versions integrated into Intel Parallel Studio XE or Intel System Studio.
  • Linux container runtime
  • Operating system
    : Ubuntu* 16.04
  • CPU
    : Intel® microarchitecture code named Skylake with 8 logical CPUs

Install and Configure a Singularity* Container

  1. Install the Singularity software (for example, version 2.4.5):
    host> VERSION=2.4.5 host> wget$VERSION/singularity-$VERSION.tar.gz host> tar xvf singularity-$VERSION.tar.gz host> cd singularity-$VERSION host>./configure --prefix=/usr/local host> make host> sudo make install
    For detailed installation instructions, see
  2. Create a Singularity container, for example, using the Docker Hub:
    host> singularity build ubuntu.img docker://ubuntu:latest Docker image path: Cache folder set to /root/.singularity/docker Importing: base Singularity environment Importing: /root/.singularity/docker/sha256:d3938036b19cfa369e1081a6776b07b54be9612bc4c8fed7f139370c8142b79f.tar.gz Importing: /root/.singularity/docker/sha256:a9b30c108bda615dc10e402f62d712f413214ea92c7ec4354cd1cc0f3450bc58.tar.gz Importing: /root/.singularity/docker/sha256:67de21feec183fcd009a5eddc4de8c346ee0f4369a20047f1a302a90716fc741.tar.gz Importing: /root/.singularity/docker/sha256:817da545be2ba4bac8f6b4da584bca0fb4844938ecc462b9feab1001b5df7405.tar.gz Importing: /root/.singularity/docker/sha256:d967c497ce230b63996a7b1fc6ec95b741aea9348118d3328c676f13be789fa7.tar.gz Importing: /root/.singularity/metadata/sha256:c6a9ef4b9995d615851d7786fbc2fe72f72321bee1a87d66919b881a0336525a.tar.gz Building Singularity image... Singularity container built: ubuntu.img Cleaning up...
    Make sure the
    file is created in the current directory.
  3. Run the container.
    Singularity allows you to map directories on your host system to directories within your container. This enables read and write data on the host system with ease. For example, if you have a host folder
    with the VTune Amplifier and a Java application, you need to run the container and map
    within the container.
    host> singularity shell --bind /tmp/vtune:/local/vtune ./ubuntu.img Singularity: Invoking an interactive shell within container... Singularity ubuntu.img:~>

Run Analysis inside the Container

From the Singularity container, launch the command line interface of the VTune Amplifier,
, and run an analysis for your Java application. For example, to run Advanced Hotspots analysis for the
application, enter:

Singularity ubuntu.img:~> cd /local/vtune/matrix/ Singularity ubuntu.img:/local/vtune/matrix> /local/vtune/bin64/vtune -collect advanced-hotspots -- /local/vtune/jdk9.0.1-x64/bin/java -cp . MatrixMultiplication 2000 2000 2000 2000
  • To profile a target application running in the Singularity container, make sure to launch the VTune Amplifier from the same container. Running the VTune Amplifier outside the container for Singularity profiling is not supported.
  • Advanced Hotspots analysis was integrated into the generic Hotspots analysis starting with VTune Amplifier 2019, and is available via the Hardware Event-based Sampling collection mode.
When the analysis result is collected, you may open it with the GUI version of the VTune Amplifier installed on the host system and follow a traditional analysis flow starting with the
window that provides an overview of the application performance:
If you need to re-finalize an analysis result outside the Singularity container (for example, in the GUI version of the VTune Amplifier installed on the host system), make sure all binary and source files required for module resolution are accessible outside the container.

Product and Performance Information


Intel's compilers may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization on microprocessors not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors. Certain optimizations not specific to Intel microarchitecture are reserved for Intel microprocessors. Please refer to the applicable product User and Reference Guides for more information regarding the specific instruction sets covered by this notice.

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