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library(instprofile)

Instrumentation / sampling based statistics profiler

Predicates

aggregate_result(+File)
Write the aggregated instrument profiling results to a named file.
close_delta_file
Close the instrumentation profiler's delta results file.
open_delta_file(+DeltaFile)
Open the instrumentation profiler's delta results file.
reset
Reset the profiling statistics for the calling context module.
result
Pretty-print the instrument profiled source with aggregated results.
statprofile(+File, +Statistics)
Instrument a file with statistics profiling code.
statprofile(+File, +Statistics, +OptionsList)
Instrument a file with statistics profiling code.
statsample(+ProfileName, +SamplePeriod, +Statistics, +File)
Create a statistics sampling profile.
statsample_control(+ProfileName, +State)
Enable / disable the sampling profiler for a named profile.

Description

The instprofile library provides two complimentary mechanisms for the profiling of ECLiPSe code with the metrics provided by the statistics/2 predicate:

  1. Instrumentation based, where metric measuring code is inserted directly into the user program in order to accurately determine how its constituent pieces of code perform. The mechanism for the insertion of instrumentation code is based upon the facilities of the instrument library. As such, the statistic measurements may be inserted at the beginning and end of clause or block definitions, and around subgoals and/or predicate calls.
  2. Sample driven, where metric measuring code is executed at a user defined interval as the user program runs. The sample based profiler is implemented using after events and is therefore less intrusive in its effect on the performance of the executing code.

While the performance overhead of the sampling profiler is lower, it cannot be used to determine the exact cost of a piece of code for a particular statistic. It merely provides snapshots with respect to time not code location. The instrumentation based profiler does however provide the means for the measurement of both the aggregated cost for all executions of a piece of code and also the cost for each individual execution.

The usage of the instrumentation based profiler is as follows:

  1. Load the instprofile library
       ?- lib(instprofile).
       
  2. Compile your program with instrumentation profiling:
       ?- instprofile:statprofile(my_program, [global_stack_used,
                                  trail_stack_used]).
       
  3. Run the query for which you wish to generate mode analysis data
       ?- my_query(X,Y,Z).
       
  4. Generate the results for the module into which the program was compiled.
       ?- instprofile:result@my_program_module.
       
The usage of the sampling profiler is as follows:
  1. Load the instprofile library
       ?- lib(instprofile).
       
  2. Define a sampling profile
       ?- instprofile:statsample(memory, 5, [global_stack_used,
                                 trail_stack_used], 'memory_sample.dat').
       
  3. Prior to running the queries for which you wish to gather sampling data, enable the sampling profiler for the named profile
       ?- instprofile:statsample_control(memory, on)
       
  4. Run the query for which you wish to generate sampling data
       ?- my_query(X,Y,Z).
       
  5. Disable the sampling profiler for the named profile. The results file specified in statsample/4 contains the sampling data.
       ?- instprofile:statsample_control(memory, off)
       

Limitations to be resolved shortly:

  1. Results are currently produced per module, not for individual files within a module (i.e. results must be retrieved for all files within a module).

  2. When multiple statistics are specified, the order in which the statistics will appear in the results (pretty-printed source and results file) is displayed during the invocation of the statsample predicate, not the result predicate.

  3. Results are produced to a file or annotated on pretty-printed source and these results to be viewed offline. Additional facilities are to be provided that allow for the real time visualisation of results.

  4. The model that accounts for the cost of inserted instrumentation is fairly rudimentary (especially for the 'global_stack_used' statistic.

  5. A future enhancement will enable the insertion of user defined metrics not just those available via statistics/2.

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