I am Valery Cherepennikov, VTune Product Owner – a guy who runs the development process and makes most decisions wrt this product, but not all of them :) Hereby, I am starting a blog about Intel® VTune™ Amplifier on behalf of our team. The plan is to post it on a monthly basis, aligned with my status report schedule :)
We pursue several goals here:
First, explain how to use the tool for performance tuning. This process is known to be complicated and our goal is to make it a bit simpler.
Second, highlight new features of the product, which you may find useful for your tasks and purposes.
Third (probably the most important), we want to make the development of the tool more interactive, relying on your feedback. We want to understand what works and what doesn’t, what parts of the product look puzzling, and what we could improve.
Also, you may expect some funny stories from our developer’s life to make the process of "product cooking" more transparent :)
As for features to highlight for VTune Amplifier 2018 Gold, I (arbitrarily) start with these three:
To make VTune Amplifier easier to use, we have published a cookbook, a set of recipes for identifying and resolving common performance problems with our tool. Currently it contains 8 recipes, but we plan to extend it with the most interesting use cases. If you’ve got any of this kind, please let us know.
Application Performance Snapshot, which is a free lightweight tool with a simple interface to help you characterize your app. It’s targeted for HPC apps mostly, but could be useful in other areas too. You might try it downloading here.
Profiling of the apps running in a container environment (Docker*, Mesos*). This is a brand new feature we would like to hear your feedback on. You can find more info on it in this cookbook article.
Follow the forum : we are going to keep you posted on our progress with the new features and share technical articles from our experts.
Finally, I would like to ask you a set of questions since we’re currently working on simplifying VTune Amplifier’s interface and making the tuning flow more intuitive. So:
Which of VTune Amplifier analyses do you use most often?
What type of analysis do you usually start with?
What analysis looks the most difficult/puzzling to you?
Thanks in advance for the response to the above and any other considerations you may provide.