Intel® Inspector

Memory and Thread Debugger

  • Save money: Find and root cause errors early―before you release
  • Save time: Quickly debug intermittent races and deadlocks
  • Save effort: No special builds―just use your normal build
  • Take advantage of Priority Support―connect privately with Intel engineers for technical questions.

Save Money and Deliver More Reliable Applications

Find errors early when they are less expensive to fix. Intel® Inspector is an easy-to-use memory and threading error debugger for C, C++, and Fortran applications that run on Windows* and Linux*. No special compilers or builds are required. Just use a normal debug or production build. Use the graphical user interface or automate regression testing with the command line. It has a stand-alone user interface on Windows and Linux or it can be integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio*. Enhance productivity, cut costs, and speed time-to-market.

Intel® Inspector is available as part of Intel® Parallel Studio XE and Intel® System Studio (includes options for free and purchased licenses). A license purchase includes Priority Support. If you qualify for Intel's student or academic programs, these toolkits may be available in free or discounted versions.

Intel Inspector takes you to the source locations of threading and memory errors and provides a call stack to help you determine how you got there.

Save Time: Find and Debug Intermittent and Non-Deterministic Errors

Dynamic analysis reveals subtle defects or vulnerabilities when the cause is too complex to be discovered by static analysis. Unlike static analysis, debugger integration lets you diagnose the problem and find the root cause. Intel Inspector finds latent errors on the executed code path plus intermittent and nondeterministic errors, even if the timing scenario that caused the error does not happen.

Diagnosing Race Conditions
Race conditions like the one above are very difficult to diagnose without a tool because they are nondeterministic. They won’t occur every time. Intel Inspector detects the race or deadlock, and then breaks into a debugger just before the error occurs.

Memory Errors

  • Memory leaks
  • Memory corruption
  • Allocation and deallocation API mismatches
  • Inconsistent memory API usage
  • Illegal memory access
  • Uninitialized memory read

Details: Windows and Linux

Threading Errors

  • Data races
    • Heap races
    • Stack races
  • Deadlocks

Details: Windows and Linux

Use Your Normal Debug or Optimized Build

Unlike other memory and threading analysis tools, Intel Inspector never requires any special recompiles for analysis. Just use your normal debug or production build. (Include symbols so we can map to the source.) This not only makes your workflow faster and easier, it increases reliability and accuracy.

This is made possible by Intel Inspector’s dynamic instrumentation of your binary. Competitive static analysis and compilation-based instrumentation techniques struggle with dynamically generated or linked code. Intel Inspector inspects all code―including third-party libraries where the source is not available.

New for 2018

  • Support for C++17 std::shared_mutex and Windows slim reader/writer (SRW) locks that enable threading error analysis for applications with read/write synchronization primitives.
  • Support for cross-operating system analysis to all license types. The installation packages for additional operating systems can be downloaded from the Registration Center.
  • Support and integration for Microsoft Visual Studio* 2017.
  • Support for Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

Benefits of Priority Support

Paid licenses for Intel® Software Development Tools include Priority Support for one year from your date of purchase, with options to extend support at a reduced rate. Benefits include:

  • Direct and private interaction with Intel engineers. Submit confidential inquiries and code samples via the Online Service Center.
  • Responsive help with your technical questions and other product needs for both new and older versions.
  • Free access to all new product updates and access to older versions.
  • Learn from other experts via community product forums
  • Access to a vast library of self-help documents that build on decades of experience for creating high-performance code.

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Technical Specification at a Glance

Processors Intel® processors and compatible processors when analyzing applications containing Intel® instructions. Now running native on Intel Xeon Scalable processors.
Languages C, C++, Fortran
Development Tools and Environments

Compatible with compilers from vendors that follow platform standards (such as Microsoft, GCC, and Intel® compilers).

Can be used as a stand-alone product on both Windows and Linux or integrated with Visual Studio*.

No special compilers or builds are required; just use a normal debug or production build.

Operating Systems A license applies to Windows and Linux.

For complete information, see documentation and release notes.