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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Help Interpreting Event Based Profile


I am attempting to use CodeXL to determine hardware performance counts (total cycles, instruction count, branches, branch misses etc...) and it seems that it works but the numbers are low. Perhaps I am interpreting them incorrectly. I am running the SPEC 2006 floating point benchmark 410.bwaves . Below is a sample of my CodeXL results along with results I attained by using PerfSuite which uses PAPI counters.

CodeXL yields:

Ret Inst: 9,645,523

CPU Clocks: 15,513,606

Ret Branch: 3,907,189

Perfsuite yields:

Total Instructions: 2,180,016,132,220

Total Cycles: 2,459,547,852,840

Branch Instr: 127,643,611,345

I understand the difference between 'total' instructions and 'retired' instructions but I would expect these numbers to be closer together. Likewise, SPEC 2006 applications will retire much, much more than 9M instructions for a full reference run. The total execution time is similar (perfsuite: 651s vs. CodeXL: 713s) which is another reason why I'm confused.

Is there some calculation that I am missing? Such as multiplying the counter statistics by some formula like samples per second x reference interval?

I would sincerely appreciate any help, Thanks.


I am running CodeXL GUI version

OS: Ubuntu 15.10

Processor: AMD A10-5800K @ 3.8GHz

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