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Obtaining a Performance Profile for a Display Driver (Windows CE 5.0)

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After you build your run-time image in How to Profile and Optimize a Display Driver and download it onto your device, you can gather data about the behavior and performance of your display driver.

For more information, see Monte Carlo Profiling and Display Driver Performance Profiling.

To obtain a Monte Carlo profile for the display driver

  1. In the Output window of the Platform Builder IDE, choose the Debug tab to monitor the profiling output as it is generated.
  2. On the Windows CE-based device, press the F9 key to begin profiling.

    The debug output includes a message similar to this:

    Kernel Profiler: Gathering MonteCarlo data in buffered mode
    ProfileStart() : Allocated 13848 kB for Profiler Buffer (0x48000000)
    Starting profile timer at 200 uS rate
  3. In the Target Control window of the Platform Builder IDE, enter the following command to launch ProfApp.exe:
    s profapp

    ProfApp.exe randomly fills the device's display with a blue and green checkerboard pattern when it runs.

    Note   Try to use your device in a consistent manner while you gather profiling data because the profiling tools pick up all the calls on your system.
    This includes driver and system calls to repaint the mouse pointer, menu activity, dialog boxes, and all other activity on your system, as well as the application you are trying to profile, DispPerf.exe.
    Erratic and unpredictable activities produce erratic and unpredictable results and complicate your later analysis.
  4. When ProfApp.exe is finished, it writes a message similar to this in the debug output:
    ProfApp:  Took 34297 ms to perform blts. 
  5. On the device, press the F12 key to stop profiling.

    The results are written to the debug output and should look similar to the following output:

    Kernel Profiler: Looking up symbols for 503297 hits.
    (Additional lines omitted for clarity.)
    Total samples recorded = 503297
    Module        Hits        Percent
    ------------  ----------  -------
    nk.exe            332367     66.0
    (Additional lines omitted for clarity.)
    Hits       Percent Address  Module       Routine
    ---------- ------- -------- ------------:---------------------
        328544    65.2 802351c2 nk.exe      :_IDLE_STATE
        101277    20.1 03db634d ddi_flat.dll:?EmulatedBlt_Internal
         64291    12.7 03db7c7f ddi_flat.dll:?MaskedSrcToMaskedDst

    For a more complete listing of the results, see Display Device Performance Profile Analysis.

While you were running the Monte Carlo profiler, the instrumented calls in the display driver were recording use and performance data.

The DispPerf.exe application reads this data and provides a report of profiling metrics for each type of raster operation (ROP) performed during the profiling period.

To obtain profiling results from DispPerf.exe

  1. From the Start menu on your device, choose Programs and then choose Command Prompt. A command prompt opens on your device.
  2. Enter the following command:
    dispperf /x > \Release\DispPerf_Results.csv

    This command writes the profiling results to a comma-separated variable (.csv) file in your OS design's release directory on your development workstation.

  3. On your Platform Builder workstation, open the file %_FLATRELEASEDIR%\DispPerf_Results.csv with a spreadsheet application to review the profiling results for your display driver.

    For a more complete listing of the results, see Display Device Performance Profile Analysis.

See Also

How to Profile and Optimize a Display Driver | Controlling the Kernel Profiler

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