Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector enables you to understand MPI application behavior, quickly find bottlenecks and achieve high performance for parallel cluster applications.

Use this tool to:

Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector is installed as part of Intel® Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition.


Set up the environment by sourcing the psxevars.[c]sh script available at <install_dir>/parallel_studio_xe_<version>.<update>.<package>/bin.

By default, <install_dir> is:

This sets the required environment variables for compilers, Intel® MPI Library, and Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector, and you are ready to trace your applications.

For system requirements, see the product Release Notes.

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Intel® Trace Analyzer Summary Page

1. Trace Your Application

Run your MPI application using the mpirun command with the -trace option to generate a trace file. For example:

$ mpirun -trace -n 4 ./myApp

A trace file .stf is generated, for example myApp.stf. For more details on tracing, see Intel® Trace Collector Help.

2. Analyze the Application Behavior

  1. Open the generated .stf file in Intel Trace Analyzer:

    $ traceanalyzer ./myApp.stf
  2. Start analyzing your application using various charts and timelines. As a starting point, use the Summary Page to get the following information:

    • General information about your application
    • Recommendations on where to start the analysis

For detailed description of the available charts and diagrams, see Intel® Trace Analyzer Help.

Graphical User Interface

Hover over a GUI element for short description, click for more details.

Trace Map

The Trace Map represents a miniature view of the MPI functions activity over time. It also enables you to zoom into relevant subsets of a trace file on all open charts.

Event Timeline

The Event Timeline is the most common chart, which provides a graphical display of individual process activities over time. It enables you to get detailed impression of the program structure, as well as retrieve detailed event information.

Horizontal bars represent processes with functions called in them:

— MPI functions
— serial code
— OpenMP* regions
— messages between processes
— collective operations

Quantitative Timeline

The Quantitative Timeline shows how many processes are executing the same functions at a given point in time. It enables you to get the impression on parallelism and load balance in your application.

As in all other charts, MPI functions are represented in shades of red, serial code — in blue.

Time Scale

Time scale for the currently open timelines. Shows the currently selected time interval.

Function Profile

The Function Profile provides an overview of all functions used in the application. It consists of four tabs:

  • Flat Profile is a simple overview of all functions
  • Load Balance shows how long each function executed for all processes
  • Call Tree shows the call stack
  • Call Graph shows calling dependencies

Message Profile

The Message Profile shows statistics about point-to-point operations.

It categorizes messages by groupings in a matrix, and shows values of the selected attribute in each cell. By default, the Message Profile shows how long messages took to send for each pair of sender/receiver processes. Cell colors represent the message send time, relative to other process pairs, red being the longest.

Collective Operations Profile

The Collective Operations Profile is similar to the Message Profile, but it shows statistics about collective operations.

Like in the Message Profile, you can configure the columns, rows and attributes to show, and compare the attribute values for each pair. By default, this profile shows how long each operation took to complete for each process. Cell colors represent the operation execution time, relative to other processes/operations, red being the longest.


Use the toolbar to get easy access to the most frequently used Intel® Trace Analyzer functionality.

Key Features

Interface and Displays

  • Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector has a full-color customizable GUI with charts and drill-down view options.
  • The analyzer is able to rapidly unwind the call stack and use debug information to map instruction addresses to source code.
  • With both command-line and GUI interfaces, you can additionally set up batch runs or do interactive debugging.

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MPI Correctness Checking

  • The MPI Correctness Checker detects deadlocks, data corruption, and errors with MPI parameters, data types, buffers, communicators, point-to-point messages, and collective operations.
  • The Correctness Checker enables you to scale to large systems and detect errors even among a large number of processes.

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Performance Assistant

Identify performance issues in your application using the Performance Assistant, which provides the following information:

  • Detailed description of the issue and recommendations on how to resolve it
  • Information about the affected processes
  • Regions in the source code that caused the issue

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Ideal Environment Simulation

  • Understand application imbalance and estimate a potential application speedup after MPI implementation tuning and/or network upgrades by using the Idealization capability.


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User-Level Instrumentation

  • Control the profiling library and record user-defined activities, define groups of processes, define performance counters and record their values using the Intel® Trace Collector API.
  • Automatically instrument all your application functions with the Intel® compilers to analyze them with Intel® Trace Analyzer.

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Training and Documentation

Resource Description
Online Training The online training site is an excellent resource for learning the Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector capabilities through various tutorials, videos, webinars, and more.
Release Notes This page contains the most up-to-date information about the product, including: what's new, features, system requirements and known limitations.
Online Documentation This page provides links to all available Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector documents.