How to use Intel® VTune™ Amplifier 2014 for Systems on a Dell Venue 8

Introduction

Intel®  VTune™ Amplifier 2014 for Systems is part of the Intel® System Studio suite of tools supporting both the mobile and embedded markets. This article will demonstrate how to do performance profiling on a Dell Venue 8 running Android*.

System setup

The first step in running VTune Amplifier for Systems on a Dell Venue 8 is to first reimage your system with a new image that includes the necessary support for running VTune Amplifier for Systems..

The images and instructions for doing this are located on Dell’s opensource web site: http://opensource.dell.com/releases/venue8/developer-edition/

  1. Download Dell Tablet Install Instructions.pdf
  2. Download Dell_Venue8.zip

The instructions will lead you through the detailed procedure of reimaging your system.

Once you have reimaged your system you will be ready to run VTune Amplifier for Systems.

Overview

These are the steps to follow to run VTune Amplifier for Systems on a Dell Venue 8.

  1. Setup your system as shown above.
  2. Install Intel® System Studio
  3.  Launch VTune Amplifier for Systems
  4. Create a project inside of VTune Amplifier for Systems
    1. New->Project
      1. Specify a project name.
      2. Use the menu pull down to specify a Android ADB device
      3. VTune Amplifier for Systems automatically recognizes your device as show below.
      4. We will be profiling the system in this instance. You can also specify an application or apk to launch.
      5. Click Ok
      6. This will save your project settings
  5. You are now ready to profile your entire system.
    1. Click on the the Play button in VTune Amplifier for Systems
    2. Click on Advanced Hotspots and then Click Start
    3. VTune Amplifier for Systems will run a collection on your Dell Venue 8..
    4. After running for 30 seconds Click Stop.
    5. VTune Amplifier for Systems will display the results of your collected run.

Additional Information

The analysis types available to you on the Dell Venue 8 are:

  1. Basic Hotspots
  2. Advanced Hotspots (shown above)
  3. General Exploration

In addition, you also have the ability to profile java applications. The following article explains this process: https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/enabling-java-analysis-on-android-using-vtune-amplifier-2014-for-systems

If you are interested in running a power analysis on the Dell Venue 8, the following article explains Intel's Energy Profiler: : https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/how-to-use-the-intel-energy-profiler-in-intel-system-studio-2014.

For a detailed explanation of using the Energy profiler on a Dell Venue 8, see the wuwatch users guide: https://software.intel.com/sites/default/files/managed/9d/59/WakeUpWatch_v3_1_6.pdf

 

Conclusion/Summary

VTune Amplifier for Systems is a powerful performance tuning tool. We now have support for Android* including the Dell Venue 8.

 

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