Intel® Advisor GUI and Microsoft Visual Studio* Integration

Steps to ramp up with Intel® Advisor GUI and get quick results.

This section provides simple steps to get quick results and grasp the overall idea of how you can use Intel® Advisor. For detailed guidelines refer to the ultimate Getting Started with Intel® Advisor.

Run the Intel Advisor GUI

The Intel® Advisor GUI is available:

  • On the Microsoft Windows* OS: From the Start menu, choose All Programs > Intel Parallel Studio XE > Intel Advisor 201n.

  • In the Microsoft Visual Studio*: From the Tools menu, choose Intel Advisor 201n > Vectorization and Threading Advisor Analysis.

  • From a command line on Windows* or Linux* OS systems. Type the advixe-gui command and optionally specify a path to one of following:

    • Full (absolute) path to a result file (*.advixe)

    • Full path to a project file (config.advixeproj)

    • Full path to a project directory. If there is no project file in the directory, the Create a Project dialog box opens and prompts you to create a new project in the given directory.

On Windows systems, if the path contains embedded spaces, enclose it in quotation marks.

Create New Project


In case of Microsoft Visual Studio* integration, you can skip this step, as Intel Advisor creates new project automatically when opened. Intel Advisor uses Visual Studio Project Properties to configure the Advisor project.

If it is not displayed, to view the Welcome Page, click View > Welcome.

Welcome page for the Intel Advisor product GUI

Use the Welcome Page to create a new project, view the Current project (already open), open a Recent project (or any existing project), and view the Intel Advisor Getting Started page.

Run an Analysis

In the Workflow tab, click Collect next to the analysis type that you need to run. For example, run Survey Analysis.

View Result

After the collection is over, Intel Advisor presents the collected results in Report tabs.

After investigating the vectorization blocking factors, studying Advisor recommendations, and making decisions of further optimizations, create a Snapshot.

Create Snapshot

Create a snapshot of the analysis results so that you can compare performance statistics before and after making changes in the target application's code. To create a snapshot,

  • In Intel Advisor GUI, go to File > Create Data Snapshot, and configure the snapshot parameters.

  • In the Microsoft Visual Studio: go to Tools > Intel Advisor 201n > Create Data Snapshot.

The Snapshot opens in a separate tab with run analysis buttons unavailable and the (read only) label on the tab selector.

Re-run the Analysis and Compare Results

After making changes in the source code and recompiling the application, you need to re-run the analysis to see if the application performance changed as you expected.

To re-run the analysis, switch back to the result tab, and click the same Collect button you clicked before. Once the analysis is over, you can compare the current results with the ones collected earlier.

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