User Guide

Contents

Get Help

Use these documents and resources to better understand functionality in
Intel® VTune™
Profiler
:
All documentation for
VTune
Profiler
is available online in the Intel Software Documentation Library on Intel Developer Zone (IDZ). You can also download an offline version of the
VTune
Profiler
documentation.

Access Documentation

Access product documentation through one of these ways:
  • For the cross-platform standalone user interface of the
    VTune
    Profiler
    : Click the menu button and select
    Help >
    documentation_format
    or click the
    Help
    button on the product toolbar.
  • Windows* only:
    • For the
      VTune
      Profiler
      integrated into the Visual Studio user interface: Select
      Intel VTune
      Profiler
      version
      >
      documentation_format
      from the
      Help
      menu or click the product icon on the toolbar.
    • From the
      Start
      menu, select
      Program Files >
      Intel_Studio_version
      > Intel VTune
      Profiler
      version
      >
      documentation_format
      > Intel VTune
      Profiler
      documentation_format
      . For example:
      Program Files > Intel Parallel Studio XE 2020 > Intel VTune
      Profiler
      2020 > Documentation > Intel VTune
      Profiler
      Documentation
      .
  • VTune
    Profiler
    is shipped as a standalone version and as part of Intel products such as Intel Parallel Studio XE, Intel System Studio, or Intel oneAPI Base Toolkit (Beta). Access to
    VTune
    Profiler
    documentation may vary depending on the product shipment.
  • You need an internet connection to access all
    VTune
    Profiler
    documentation formats listed in the menu.
  • Google* Chrome* is the recommended browser to view a downloaded copy of the
    VTune
    Profiler
    documentation. If you use Microsoft* Internet Explorer* or Microsoft Edge* browser, you may encounter these issues:
    • Internet Explorer 11: No help topics show up when you select them in the TOC pane.
      • Solution:
        Add
        http://localhost
        to the list of trusted sites in the
        Tools > Internet Options > Security
        tab. You can remove the site when you finish viewing the documentation.
    • Microsoft Edge: Help panes are truncated and a proper style sheet is not applied. Solution:
      • Solution:
        Click the Menu <…> and select
        Open with Internet Explorer
        .

Get Started Guide

VTune
Profiler
provides a Get Started guide that includes a brief product introduction, provides a basic usage flow and links to additional resources, like Tutorials using a variety of tuning scenarios for sample applications. This guide automatically opens after product installation. You can also access this document through the
Help
menu/toolbar button or Get Stared link on the Welcome page.

VTune
Profiler
User Guide

VTune
Profiler
User Guide documents concepts, procedures, and reference information required to successfully work with the product. The User Guide is available from the Intel Software Documentation Library on the web and accessible via the
Help
menu or the
Help
toolbar button.

Context-Sensitive Help

Access help topics on active GUI elements through context-sensitive help configured in
VTune
Profiler
. These features are available on a product-specific basis:
  • Learn more
    |
    F1
    button |
    Context Help
    button provide help for an active dialog box, property page, pane, or window.
  • What's This Column
    : In the grid, right-click a performance metric column and select the
    What's This Column
    entry from the context menu to open a help topic for this particular metric. You can also view a lightweight metric description in the pop-up window when hovering over the column name.

Help Tour

Use the
Help Tour
on the Welcome page to get started with
Intel® VTune™
Profiler
and understand its interface. The tour uses a sample project to guide you through a typical workflow.

Overlays

In some windows, an overlay outlines useful tips to manage analysis data and enhance your experience. Where available, click the icon for a tour of useful features in the analysis window.
Overlay of Bottom-Up pane

Tutorials and Cookbook

VTune
Profiler
provides 15-minute tutorials that show you how to use basic or advanced product features with a short sample. The tutorials provide an excellent foundation before you read the
VTune
Profiler
help. For details, see the Tutorials and Samples topic.
For featured tuning and configuration scenarios, explore the
Intel® VTune™
Profiler
Performance Analysis Cookbook
.

Articles, Webinars, and Videos

Access a library of articles and video content that can help you complete specific tasks with
VTune
Profiler
.
  • Webinars - Detailed video content that illustrate workflows and methodologies.
  • How-to Videos - Short instructional videos to guide you with common tasks with
    VTune
    Profiler

Intel Processor Event Reference

VTune
Profiler
documentation includes Reference for Intel processor events. To access the Reference for a particular Intel processor/microarchitecture, select
Intel Processor Event Reference
option from the
Help
menu and choose the required microarchitecture/processor.
You can also find it useful to explore Tuning Guides for Intel microarchitecture created by Intel architects and available on the web.

Release Notes

VTune
Profiler
Release Notes
provide the most up-to-date information about the product, including a product description, system requirements, technical support, and known limitations and issues.

Installation Guides

Installation Guides contain installation instructions for installing the product and post-installation configuration steps.

Product and Performance Information

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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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