1.4. Selectively Profiling an Application

1.4.1. Custom Profiling

TAU allows you to customize the instrumentation of a program by using a selective instrumentation file. This instrumentation file is used to manually control which parts of the application are profiled and how they are profiled. If you are using one of the TAU compiler wrapper scripts to instrument your application you can use the -tau_options=-optTauSelectFile=<file> option to enable selective instrumentation.

[Note] Note

Selective instrumentation may be specified at runtime by setting the TAU_SELECT_FILE environment variable to the location of a valid selective instrumentation file in the instrumented application's run environment.

To specify a selective instrumentation file, create a text file and use the following guide to fill it in:

  • Wildcards for routine names are specified with the # mark (because * symbols show up in routine signatures.) The # mark is unfortunately the comment character as well, so to specify a leading wildcard, place the entry in quotes.

  • Wildcards for file names are specified with * symbols.

		Here is a example file:
#Tell tau to not profile these functions

void quicksort(int *, int, int)
# The next line excludes all functions beginning with "sort_" and having
# arguments "int *"
void sort_#(int *)
void interchange(int *, int *)


#Exclude these files from profiling




# A dynamic phase will break up the profile into phase where
# each events is recorded according to what phase of the application
# in which it occured.
dynamic phase name="foo1_bar" file="foo.c" line=26 to line=27

# instrument all the outer loops in this routine
loops file="loop_test.cpp" routine="multiply"

# tracks memory allocations/deallocations as well as potential leaks
memory file="foo.f90" routine="INIT"

# tracks the size of read, write and print statements in this routine
io file="foo.f90" routine="RINB"


Selective instrumentation files can be created automatically from ParaProf by right clicking on a trial and selecting the Create Selective Instrumentation File menu item.