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This file contains information about threadscope profiling for Mercury.
1. Supported Systems.
2. Threadscope Profiling Tools
ThreadScope support is currently broken and therefore unsupported. We have
plans to fix it for a future release.
Supported Systems
Threadscope uses the RDTSCP or RDTSC instructions found on some x86 and x86_64
processors to get fast, high precision timing information. These instructions
read the time stamp counter (TSC), this is incremented for every clock cycle.
Processors must increment this at a constant rate, regardless of their power
state, (see /proc/cpuinfo for constant_tsc).
TSC must also be synchronised between processors in the same system, although
it may be possible to work around this, let me know if you have such a system
(See contact info).
AMD processors do not seem to store their clock frequency in their brand ID
string. On these systems Theadscope profiles are not to scale since clock
counts cannot be converted into time in nanoseconds. The threadscope profile
will count one nanosecond for each clock tick.
I have had success with the following processors:
Intel Core2
Intel Xeon CPU X5472 (in a dual socket system).
Processors that do not work correctly:
AMD Athlon 64 X2
Threadscope Profiling Tools
Mercury supports threadscope profiling. See the profiling section in the user
The Threadscope profiling tools are written in Haskell and are known to work
with GHC 6.10. threadscope depends upon the following Haskell libraries:
Many of these will be provided with GHC or packaged for/by your operating
ghc-events is not packaged by most operating systems at this stage, It can be
retrieved from hackage:
threadscope itself can also be retrieved from hackage:
Information about how to install Haskell packages can be found here: