Determining number of DRAM accesses in Intel Sandy bridge

Determining number of DRAM accesses in Intel Sandy bridge

Hi everyone,


I have an Intel(R) Xeon(r) E5 1650 Sandy bridge processor and I would like to measure the number of memory accesses by using the

performance counters. I am only able to see two events namely 1.MEM_UOP_RETIRED.ALL_LOADS and 2. MEM_UOP_RETIRED.ALL_STORES.

Apart from these, is there any other event which can provide me more accurate values? I was not able to see the event BUS_TRANS_MEM though in Section 19.4 of Volume 3 of the Intel SW Developer's Manual.


Also, won't the loads and stores be  limited to caches in case the block is available? Is it a wise move to count these two events as the total number of memory accesses?




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Above tells you actual memory loads/stores in your program in logic, some of them have data access in cache, so you need to use event MEM_LOAD_UOPS_MISC_RETIRED.LLC_MISS_PS (LLC miss)  to know the count of *real* memory access.

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