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PAPI_epc Class Reference

Simplified call to get arbitrary events per cycle, real and processor time. More...

Detailed Description

C Interface:
#include <papi.h>
int PAPI_epc( int event, float *rtime, float *ptime, long long *ref, long long *core, long long *evt, float *epc );
eventevent code to be measured (0 defaults to PAPI_TOT_INS)
*rtimetotal realtime since the first call
*ptimetotal process time since the first call
*refincremental reference clock cycles since the last call
*coreincremental core clock cycles since the last call
*evttotal events since the first call
*epcincremental events per cycle since the last call
Return values
PAPI_EINVALThe counters were already started by something other than PAPI_epc().
PAPI_ENOEVNTOne of the requested events does not exist.
PAPI_ENOMEMInsufficient memory to complete the operation.

The first call to PAPI_epc() will initialize the PAPI High Level interface, set up the counters to monitor the user specified event, PAPI_TOT_CYC, and PAPI_REF_CYC (if it exists) and start the counters.

Subsequent calls will read the counters and return total real time, total process time, total event counts since the start of the measurement and the core and reference cycle count and EPC rate since the latest call to PAPI_epc().

A call to PAPI_stop_counters() will stop the counters from running and then calls such as PAPI_start_counters() or other rate calls can safely be used.

PAPI_epc can provide a more detailed look at algorithm efficiency in light of clock variability in modern cpus. MFLOPS is no longer an adequate description of peak performance if clock rates can arbitrarily speed up or slow down. By allowing a user specified event and reporting reference cycles, core cycles and real time, PAPI_epc provides the information to compute an accurate effective clock rate, and an accurate measure of computational throughput.

See Also

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