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1.  Overview of the Performance Analyzer

2.  Performance Data

3.  Collecting Performance Data

4.  The Performance Analyzer Tool

5.  The er_print Command Line Performance Analysis Tool

6.  Understanding the Performance Analyzer and Its Data

7.  Understanding Annotated Source and Disassembly Data

8.  Manipulating Experiments

9.  Kernel Profiling



This manual describes the performance analysis tools in the Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 software. The Collector and Performance Analyzer are a pair of tools that perform statistical profiling of a wide range of performance data and tracing of various calls, and relate the data to program structure at the function, source line and instruction level.

Who Should Use This Book

This manual is intended for application developers with a working knowledge of Fortran, C, C++, or Java programming languages. Users of the performance tools need some understanding of the Solaris operating system, or the Linux operating system, and UNIX® operating system commands. Some knowledge of performance analysis is helpful but is not required to use the tools.

Supported Platforms

This Oracle Solaris Studio release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures: UltraSPARC, SPARC64, AMD64, Pentium, and Xeon EM64T. The supported systems for the version of the Solaris operating system you are running are available in the hardware compatibility lists at These documents cite any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document, these x86 related terms mean the following:

For supported systems, see the hardware compatibility lists.

Related Documentation

If you are using Performance Analyzer for threaded applications, see Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2: Thread Analyzer User’s Guide.

If you are using Performance Analyzer to profile the kernel, see the Solaris Dynamic Tracing Guide in the Oracle Solaris 10 Software Developer documentation.

Related Third-Party Web Site References

Third-party URLs are referenced in this document and provide additional, related information.

Note - Oracle is not responsible for the availability of third-party web sites mentioned in this document. Oracle does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials that are available on or through such sites or resources. Oracle will not be responsible or liable for any actual or alleged damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services that are available on or through such sites or resources.

Accessing Oracle Solaris Studio Documentation

You can access the documentation at the following locations:

Documentation in Accessible Formats

The documentation is provided in accessible formats that are readable by assistive technologies for users with disabilities. You can find accessible versions of documentation as described in the following table.

Type of Documentation
Format and Location of Accessible Version
What's New in the Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 Release (Information that was included in the component Readmes in previous releases)
Man pages
Displayed in an Oracle Solaris terminal using the man command on a system where the Oracle Solaris Studio software is installed.
Online help
HTML through the Help menu, Help buttons, and the F1 key in the IDE, dbxtool, DLight, and the Performance Analyzer
Release notes

Documentation and Support

See the following web sites for additional resources:

Oracle Software Resources

Oracle Technology Network offers a range of resources related to Oracle software:

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Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output
Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.

What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output
machine_name% su


Placeholder: replace with a real name or value
The command to remove a file is rm filename.
Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized
Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX system prompt and superuser prompt for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts

Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell
Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell for superuser
C shell
C shell for superuser