Intel GPA 2015 R1 - OpenGL splits from DirectX - and it's all free!

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29 - Jul - 2015
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29 - Jul - 2015
 
Intel GPA 2015 R1 - OpenGL splits from DirectX - and it's all fre...

Which Intel software tool includes a new name, new features, and it's ALL available for FREE?

Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA) 2015 R1 - available at https://software.intel.com/gpa

What was already a great analysis and optimization tool for Windows targets (including Intel® Atom™ processors) from a Windows* host, Intel GPA now includes an expanded Frame Analyzer for OpenGL* ES (through v3.1) that includes performance optimization functionality. And you can run the System Analyzer and Platform Analyzer applications to analyze Android targets (Intel or ARM* architecture) running OpenGL ES v1.0-3.1 from not only Windows 7/ 8.1 hosts but also from Apple* OS* X 10.7, 10.8 or Ubuntu* 12.04 or 14.04 host systems.

Applications in this FREE Release 1 2015 of the Intel Graphics Performance Analyzer include:

System Analyzer: View and analyze metrics in real time during your application run, and perform optimization experiments with OpenGL ES (up to 3.1);or Microsoft DirectX* (9/10/11) overrides to identify potential bottlenecks without recompiling your code. Capture frame/trace files for further in-depth analysis from CPU, Graphic API and GPU perf/power metrics.  And you can analyze Android* targets from Windows or Ubuntu or Mac OSX hosts! Plus you can analyze Windows Store Apps and Windows DT apps running on the latest hardware targets including the Intel Atom processor based 'Baytrail' systems. Note: The Heads up Display (HUD) is available only for Windows / DirectX, not for Android.

Platform Analyzer: Previously available only with purchase of the Pro versions of Intel® INDE and Intel® System Studio, Platform Analyzer is now available as part of the entirely free Intel GPA suite. Since this tool automatically aligns clocks across the entire target system, you can see your CPU and GPU usage as well as application and system-level performance data, including thread activity, context switches, OpenGL ES or Direct X calls, and more. For 2015, Platform Analyzer has added summary statistics for the selected tasks for both Windows and Android targets. Supported host OSs are Windows 7 and above (Android and Windows targets), plus Ubuntu and Apple OS X for Android targets.

Graphics Frame Analyzer for DirectX*:  Known for its developer friendly GUI and wide range of options, this (now exclusively Direct X) frame analyzer is available for development on Windows 7 and later systems, from Intel Atom through Intel core. The DirectX FA now focuses solely on DirectX, including version 11.1 and 11.2. You can use it to explore the performance impact of specific draw calls in the frame at different stages of the rendering pipeline.

Graphics Frame Analyzer for OpenGL*ES (mobile Android):  the expanded version of the old Frame Debugger now provides OpenGL* ES debug AND optimization functionality. You can use a Windows, Ubuntu, or OS X host to explore the performance impact of specific draw calls in the frame at different stages of the rendering pipeline. You can view and edit uniform blocks with support for uniform structure arrays and program pipelines as well as uniform block support for pipeline objects. Plus there's now a shader and uniform editor for program pipelines and a shader storage buffer viewer. And in 2015 R1 this OpenGL version provides a new, smoother, streamlined GUI which includes the bar chart (where render targets are also grouped) and adds other views and ease of use including an improved UI for the Resource Viewer and support for low resolution screen. And geometry, evaluation and control shader code is included. Previously only available as part of Pro versions of Intel® INDE and Intel® System Studio, the new Graphics Frame Analyzer for OpenGL is now available as part of the entirely free Intel GPA suite.

Note: Intel GPA 15 R1 is currently only available stand-alone from http://software.intel.com/gpa, but will be included in the next release of Intel INDE (2015 R2) and Intel System Studio. Plus the registration for download is now streamlined - only requires you enter your email address so Intel can send you the download link.

For more such Android resources and tools from Intel, please visit the Intel® Developer Zone

Source: https://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2015/03/16/intel-gpa-now-free