User Guide


Profile Targets on a KVM* Guest System

Configure the
Intel® VTune™
to analyze performance on a KVM guest system.
Performance analysis for the host and virtual machine(s) in cloud environments helps identify such issues as resource contention (for example, CPU/vCPU time) and network/IO activity.
uses Perf*-based driverless collection to enable performance analysis of the guest Linux* operating system via Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) from the host system.
Unlike other virtual machine systems, systems using KVM on a Linux* host to access a Linux guest can have
installed on either the host system to analyze performance on the guest system or installed directly on the guest system to analyze the guest system. Additional information about installing
is available from the Linux installation guides.
Depending on your analysis target, you may choose any of the supported usage modes for KVM guest OS profiling.

Profiling Modes

Currently, the
supports the following usage modes for KVM guest OS profiling, and each of them has some limitations:
Profiling System
KVM Guest OS (User Apps)
KVM Guest OS (User and Kernel Space)
Host and KVM Guest OS (User and Kernel Space)
(preview feature)
Supported analysis
User-mode sampling: Hotspots and Threading
Event-based sampling: Hotspots and limited Microarchitecture Exploration
Event-based sampling: all types with accurate attribution of user-space activity to the user processes on the guest
Target type
Applications in the Launch and Attach modes
  • Applications in the Launch and Attach modes
  • System-wide analysis
System-wide analysis (host and guest OS)
installation mode
On the guest OS
On the guest OS
On the host and guest OS (
custom collector)
No system-wide analysis for user-mode sampling
  • Limited event-based sampling analysis due to a limited set of virtualized PMU events and unavailable uncore events
  • No information from the host
  • Additional debugfs and custom collector configuration is required
  • Access to the host system running VM is required
  • Not applicable to cloud environments
PMU event virtualization required for Event-based sampling
Analyze KVM guest OS

Product and Performance Information


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