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VampirTrace (Outdated)


As of 2014 VampirTrace is discontinued. This site only serves an archival purpose. The official successor is the new Scalable Performance Measurement Infrastructure Score-P.

VampirTrace is a performance monitoring tool, that produces tracefiles during a program run. These tracefiles can be analyzed and visualized by the tool Vampir. VampirTrace supports lots of features e.g.

  • MPI, OpenMP, Pthreads, and hybrid programs
  • Manual source code instrumentation
  • Recording hardware counter by using PAPI library
  • Memory allocation tracing
  • I/O tracing
  • Function filtering and grouping

Only the basic usage is shown in this Wiki. For a comprehensive VampirTrace user manual refer to the VampirTrace Website.

Before using VampirTrace, set up the correct environment with

module load vampirtrace

To make measurements with VampirTrace, the user's application program needs to be instrumented, i.e., at specific important points (events) VampirTrace measurement calls have to be activated. By default, VampirTrace handles this automatically. In order to enable instrumentation of function calls, MPI as well as OpenMP events, the user only needs to replace the compiler and linker commands with VampirTrace's wrappers. Following wrappers exist:

Programming Language VampirTrace Wrapper Command
C vtcc
C++ vtcxx
Fortran 77 vtf77
Fortran 90 vtf90

The following sections show some examples depending on the parallelization type of the program.

Serial Programs

Compiling serial code is the default behavior of the wrappers. Simply replace the compiler by VampirTrace's wrapper:

Compile Command
original ifort a.f90 b.f90 -o myprog
with instrumentation vtf90 a.f90 b.f90 -o myprog

This will instrument user functions (if supported by compiler) and link the VampirTrace library.

MPI Parallel Programs

If your MPI implementation uses MPI compilers (this is the case on Deimos), you need to tell VampirTrace's wrapper to use this compiler instead of the serial one:

Compile Command
original mpicc hello.c -o hello
with instrumentation vtcc -vt:cc mpicc hello.c -o hello

MPI implementations without own compilers (as on the Altix require the user to link the MPI library manually. In this case, you simply replace the compiler by VampirTrace's compiler wrapper:

Compile Command
original icc hello.c -o hello -lmpi
with instrumentation vtcc hello.c -o hello -lmpi

If you want to instrument MPI events only (creates smaller trace files and less overhead) use the option -vt:inst manual to disable automatic instrumentation of user functions.

OpenMP Parallel Programs

When VampirTrace detects OpenMP flags on the command line, OPARI is invoked for automatic source code instrumentation of OpenMP events:

Compile Command
original ifort -openmp pi.f -o pi
with instrumentation vtf77 -openmp pi.f -o pi

Hybrid MPI/OpenMP Parallel Programs

With a combination of the above mentioned approaches, hybrid applications can be instrumented:

Compile Command
original mpif90 -openmp hybrid.F90 -o hybrid
with instrumentation vtf90 -vt:f90 mpif90 -openmp hybrid.F90 -o hybrid

By default, running a VampirTrace instrumented application should result in a tracefile in the current working directory where the application was executed.