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joshi
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Stall cycle breakdown on Pentiums

Hello,
Is there a way to find out the breakdown of stall cycles on the Intel Pentium processors using performance counters? In other words, I want to find out what percentage of the total execution time was unstalled, had data cache stalls, br-mispred-stalls, etc. etc. I am interested in analyzing some application and finding out which stalls are most common so that I may focus my efforts on optimizing for these stalls.
I know that the Itanium family has a lot of counters that give a detailed breakdown- i.e. data access stall cycles, scoreboard dependency stalls, branch misprediction stalls, unstalled cycles, i-cache stalls, etc, etc.
Specifically I am interested in P3 related information. Is there some document that explains how to derive the stall cycle contributions from performance counter data?
How about for theP4?
Thanks!!
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Sourabh.
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Hey Sourabh, great question.
The Reference manual is a kind of encyclopedia for processor events. By default, you'll find it here:
/opt/intel/vtune/doc/reference/index.htm
I usually cd into that directory, open a browser, and load the index.htm file. In the table of contents, you'll see a fairly robust listing of Intel Pentium III processor events.
Cheers
jdg
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