The following information is important to consider before beginning to install Intel® VTune™ Amplifier.
Review the full list of system requirements listed in the Release Notes document. The document can be found online and in your installation media.
A 64-bit operating system host is required to use the VTune Amplifier graphical user interface to analyze collected profile data. Command line profiling and reporting is supported on a 32-bit operating system host. Use the command line installer instructions to install on a 32-bit operating system.
User Permissions for Install
The VTune Amplifier installer is launched using the default user account. The user installing the product should have read and write permissions for the /tmp directory.
Most of the Intel VTune Amplifier profiling features work with a non-root install. Many work on either a genuine Intel processor or a compatible processor using a driverless collection. For more information, see https://software.intel.com/en-us/vtune-amplifier-help-driverless-event-based-sampling-collection.
Some advanced features that use event-based sampling require the latest OS kernel or sampling driver to be installed. Intel Atom® processors also require this driver for analysis. To install the driver, launch the installer as root or ask your system administrator to install the driver later. For information on building and setting up the drivers, see https://software.intel.com/en-us/vtune-amplifier-help-sep-driver.
Required Packages for Intel VTune Amplifier GUI
The Intel VTune Amplifier GUI is not supported for Red Hat* Enterprise Linux/CentOS* 6.
The following packages are required for the Intel VTune Amplifier GUI to be installed:
On Ubuntu* or Debian, install the following libraries:
sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-0 libasound2 libxss1 libnss3
On Red Hat* Enterprise Linux or CentOS*, install the following libraries:
sudo yum install gtk3 alsa-lib libXScrnSaver nss
On Fedora*, install the following libraries:
sudo dnf install gtk3 alsa-lib libXScrnSaver nss
On SUSE* Linux* Enterprise Server (SLES), install the following libraries:
sudo zypper install gtk3 libasound2 libXss1 mozilla-nss
Previous Versions of Intel VTune Amplifier
You do not need to uninstall previous versions or updates of VTune Amplifier before installing a newer version. However, if you do not remove older updates before installing a newer version, all product components that belong to the same major release will be replaced with the latest version for each major release update.
For example, if you have VTune Amplifier 20xx Update 1 installed and are currently installing VTune Amplifier 20xx Update 2, the older version will be uninstalled and replaced with the new content for Update 2. If you are installing the next major release, VTune Amplifier 20xy, your installation of VTune Amplifier 20xx Update 1 will remain and the new release will be installed beside the old version, duplicating common files, documentation, samples, and product components.
Installing in a Cluster Environment
If you are installing in a cluster environment, you can install and use multiple versions of the product on the same system. However, kernel driver usage is limited to a single version of VTune Amplifier. This means you can have multiple copies of VTune Amplifier installed without the SEP drivers and a single version of the product with the drivers installed. The latter would be enabled with the advanced types of analysis using hardware event based sampling analysis data collection.