About This Guide

This guide describes the IRIXview graphical analysis tool for IRIX. IRIXview (formerly WindView) allows developers to observe the instantaneous timing of the IRIX kernel and its interactions with applications. The following chapters are provided:

Chapter 1, “About IRIXview,” provides an overview of the IRIXview program.

Chapter 2, “Collecting Event Data,” presents simple and advanced procedures for collecting data for analysis.

Chapter 3, “Displaying Event Data,” describes how to navigate the Context View and CPU View graph windows.

Chapter 4, “Inspecting and Analyzing Data,” discusses how to examine and analyze event data.

Chapter 5, “Event Dictionary,” documents the event symbols that you will see and their relation to system events.

Chapter 6, “User Interface Reference,” provides an alphabetical reference to all IRIXview commands and icons.

Other Useful Books

The following books contain information useful to IRIX programmers.

  • For a description of the support IRIX provides for real-time programs, see the REACT/Pro Programmer's Guide, part number 007-2499-xxx.

  • For details of the architecture of the CPU, processor cache, processor bus, and virtual memory, see MIPS R4000 Microprocessor User's Manual by Joseph Heinrich, Prentice-Hall, 1993 (ISBN 0-13-105925-4); and more recently, the MIPS R10000 Microprocessor User's Manual, part number 007-2490-xxx.

  • For details of many IRIX system facilities not covered in this book, see Topics in IRIX Programming, part number 007-2478-xxx, and the MIPSpro Compiling and Performance Tuning Guide, 007-2360-xxx.

Style Conventions

This guide follows these conventions:

  • Variables are in italics. Replace variables with the appropriate string or value.

  • Filenames, IRIX command names, and new or emphasized terms are in italics.

  • Subroutine and function names are shown in bold font.

  • System messages and displays are shown in typewriter font.

  • User input is in bold typewriter font. For example, to start IRIXview, enter:

    # irixview 

This guide uses the standard convention for referring to entries in IRIX documentation: the entry name is followed by a section number in parentheses. For example, rtmond(1) refers to the online reference page for the rtmond command.

Note: The screen captures in this manual show the Motif window manager. Windows might look different with a different window manager.

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