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Create Gantt chart of multi-threaded execution

Synopsis

Creates a visual representation to help analyze Verilator multithreaded simulation performance, by showing when each macro-task starts and ends, and showing when each thread is busy or idle.

The generated Gantt chart has time on the X-axis. Times shown are to the scale printed, i.e. a certain about of time for each character width.  The Y-axis shows threads, each thread's execution is shown on one line.  That line shows “[” at the position in time when it executes.

Following the “[” is the cpu number the task executed on, followed by zero or more “-” to make the width of the characters match the scaled execution time, followed by a “]”.  If the scale is too small, the cpu number and mtask number will not be printed.  If the scale is very small, a “&” indicates multiple mtasks started at that time position.

Also creates a value change dump (VCD) format dump file which may be viewed in a waveform viewer (e.g. GTKWave).  See below.

Usage

  Build with --prof-threads.

  Run a sim with +verilator+prof+threads+window 2.

  This will create profile_threads.dat.

  Then run:

  verilator_gantt profile_threads.dat

  The report will be printed on standard output, this also generates
  profile_threads.vcd

  View profile_threads.vcd in a waveform viewer.

VCD Signals

In waveforms there are the following signals. Most signals the “decimal” format will remove the leading zeros and make the traces easier to read.

parallelism: The number of mtasks active at this time, for best performance this will match the thread count. You may want to use an “analog step” format to view this signal.

cpu#_thread: For the given CPU number, the thread number executing.

mtask#_cpu; For the given mtask id, the CPU it is executing on.

thread#_mtask: For the given thread number, the mtask id executing.

Arguments

filename

The filename to read data from, defaults to “profile_threads.dat”.

--help

Displays this message and program version and exits.

--scale n

On the X-axis of the generated Gantt chart, each character represents this many time units. (On x86, time units are rdtsc ticks.)  Defaults to 0, which will automatically compute a reasonable scale where no two mtasks need to fit into same character width's worth of scaled time.

--no-vcd
--vcd filename

Set output filename for vcd dump, or disable. Default is verilator_gantt.vcd.

Distribution

The latest version is available from <https://verilator.org>.

Copyright 2018-2021 by Wilson Snyder. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either the GNU Lesser General Public License Version 3 or the Perl Artistic License Version 2.0.

SPDX-License-Identifier: LGPL-3.0-only OR Artistic-2.0

Authors

Wilson Snyder <wsnyder@wsnyder.org>

See Also

verilator

Info

2021-01-27 perl v5.32.1 User Contributed Perl Documentation