Comparing two results from the command line is a quick way to check for your application regressions. Use the following syntax to create the difference report for the specified analysis results:
vtune -report <report_name> -r <result1_path> -r <result2_path>
- <report_name> is the type of report for comparison
- <result1_path> is a directory where your first result file is located
- <result2_path> is a directory where your second result file is located
This example compares r001hs and r002hs Hotspots analysis results collected on Linux and displays CPU time difference for each function of the analyzed application. In the result for the optimized application (r002hs), a new main function is running for 0.010 seconds, while the Hotspot function algorithm_2 is optimized by 1.678 seconds.
vtune -report hotspots -r r001hs -r r002hs
Function Module Result 1:CPU Time Result 2:CPU Time Difference:CPU Time algorithm_1 matrix 1.225 1.222 0.003 algorithm_2 matrix 3.280 1.602 1.678 main matrix 0 0.010 -0.010
Generate a Difference Report for Regression Testing
Use the vtune command to test your code for regressions on a daily basis:
Create a baseline.
Run the vtune tool to analyze your target using a particular analysis type. For example:
vtune -collect hotspots -- sample
vtune -collect hotspots -- sample.exe
The command runs a Hotspots analysis on the sample or sample.exe target and writes the result to the current working directory. A Summary report is written to stdout.
Generate a report to use as a baseline for further analysis. For example:
vtune -report hotspots -result-dir r001hs
This creates a Hotspots report that shows the CPU time for each function of the sample or sample.exe target.
Update your source code to optimize the target application.
Create and run the script that:
On Linux: Sets the path to thevtuneinstallation folder
On Windows: Invokes sep-vars.cmd in the Intel® VTune™ Profilerinstallation folder to set up the environment.
Starts the vtune command to collect performance data.
Runs the vtune command to compare the current result with the initial baseline result and displays the difference. For example:
vtune -R hotspots -r r001hs -r r002hs
This example compares CPU time for each function in results r001hs and r002hs and displays both results side-by-side with the calculated difference. The positive difference between the performance values indicates an improvement for result 2. The negative difference indicates a regression.NOTE:
You can compare results of the same analysis type or performance metrics only.
The test is passed if no regressions found.
Repeat steps 2-4 on a regular basis.
Whether you downloaded Intel® VTune™ Profiler as a standalone component or with the Intel® oneAPI Base Toolkit, the default path for your <install-dir> is:
|Operating System||Path to <install-dir>|
For OS-specific installation instructions, refer to the VTune Profiler Installation Guide.