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November 20th, 2008, 05:34 AM
Hi All,

I need to be able to profile a C program to analyze its memory access patterns and things like that at the processor level. I tried using the simplescalar simulator for this purpose but apparently the gcc module that comes with the simplescalar kit has a lot of errors. Could somebody suggest me a typical program that is used to profile native applications on the linux platform?

November 20th, 2008, 05:37 AM
Take a look at gprof.

I believe it does what you're looking for.

November 20th, 2008, 05:47 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. What I need is at a lower level of abstraction than what gprof provides. I need to be able to get processor level information like memory accesses, cache accesses, hits misses and that kind of stuff. That is normally done by running it on a target platform (usually provided by a simulator).

November 20th, 2008, 06:45 AM
Try looking at valgrind (http://valgrind.org/). I am not sure if this does what you are wanting, but it appears to have more detailed profiling than gprof. Anyway, just go to http://valgrind.org/docs/manual/manual.html and search around to see if it does what you want.

[After reading about it some more, I saw that valgrind's manual recommends OProfile (http://oprofile.sourceforge.net/news/).]