The System Trace feature of the Intel® System Debugger provides an Intel® System Studio IDE plug-in which adds the capability to access the Intel® Trace Hub providing advanced SoC-wide instruction and data events tracing through its trace viewer.

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For details of the installation process, see the Intel® System Debugger - System Trace User Guide.

Starting the System Trace


If you have an existing workspace containing an old System Trace project, this project is probably not compatible with the newly-installed System Trace anymore.

Whenever you install a newer version of Intel® System Studio including the System Trace, create a new Intel® System Studio IDE workspace or at least a new System Trace project.

  1. Launch the Intel® System Studio IDE by running <install-dir>/, where <install-dir> is the root directory of your Intel® System Studio installation. By default, <install-dir> is/opt/intel/system_studio_<version>/.
  2. To open the System Trace plugin, go to Window > Open Perspective > Other.
  3. Choose System Trace as the perspective. The System Trace default window is displayed. The first time you launch, the System Trace will show a welcome dialog, which guides you through the first steps.

Options available in the Welcome to System Trace dialog box:

Help me setup a new project

This option will guide you through the process of creating a trace project.

Import a project

This option will open the Intel® System Studio IDE import dialog to import existing trace projects.

Importing an Existing Trace Capture Archive/Trace Capture File (Bin-file)

To import an existing trace capture archive file, such as one of the examples which can be found in <install-dir>/system_debugger_<version>/system_trace/examples/input, you need to import that file into your trace viewer.

To import a sample System Validation Events (SVEN) trace included in a Trace Capture Archive or in a plain bin-file:

  1. Open the Intel® System Studio IDE.
  2. Switch to the Trace perspective.
  3. Go to File > Import ....
  4. Browse to System Trace > Trace Capture.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select the Trace Capture Archive by clicking Browse….

    Locate sven_stp_data_bxt.tracecpt in the directory <install_dir>/system_debugger_<version>/system_trace/examples/input.

    If you want to import a bin file, select the *.* file filter on the bottom right corner of the file browse dialog.

  7. Select the trace project you want to import the data from. If you do not have a project, type in a name for your new project and select Create trace project.
  8. Click Finish to import the trace capture archive.
  9. In the Project Explorer expand the capture node. You should see a sven_stp_data_bxt entry.
  10. Right-click the sven_stp_data_bxt entry and select Decode.

The sample trace is displayed in the trace viewer.

For more information about how to use the System Trace, see Intel® System Debugger - System Trace User Guide

Training and Documentation

Document Description
Intel® System Debugger - System Trace User Guide

This document provides information about how to install and start the System Trace on Eclipse*.

Intel® System Debugger - TraceCLI User Guide Documentation for the command line interface to Intel® System Debugger - System Trace.
Intel® System Debugger - System Trace Release Notes Release Notes for the Intel® System Debugger - System Trace.
Intel® System Studio product page Intel® System Studio product page. See this page for support and online documentation.

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