CS EU Stall %

The metric CS EU Stall % represents the percentage of overall GPU time that the EUs were stalled in Compute Shader instructions. A shader thread will stall when it reaches an instruction that cannot complete until some time-consuming operation is completed.


  • If CS EU Stall % is 0%, it means that no Compute shader was associated with the selected draw calls, or that the amount of time stalled on Compute shader instructions was negligible.


This metric does not include the total amount of stalled time in the Compute Shader, but only the amount of time when the Compute Shader was causing the entire EU to stall. The EUs in the Intel® HD Graphics are hyperthreaded, which means that each EU can very quickly (within 2 clock cycles) switch from a stalled shader thread to another shader thread. Therefore, it is possible at any given time for a number of shader threads to be stalled on an EU, but for the EU to continue actively executing instructions on another shader thread. The entire EU is considered to be stalled only when all of its threads are stalled.

Improving Performance

If a large amount of stall time seems to be occurring in a particular shader, then you should examine that shader to see whether you can reduce or eliminate some of the stalls.

Short shaders might normally stall for a majority of their execution time, since in such situations instruction or data fetch (texels, constants) latency cannot be ‘hidden’. If a large stall time occurs in longer shaders, it usually indicates inefficient shader execution and possible optimization opportunities.

Inspect the shader code that was executed for a given draw call and experiment with optimizations in Graphics Frame Analyzer.

See Also

EU Active %
EU Stall %

For more complete information about compiler optimizations, see our Optimization Notice.