Performance and Diagnostics

Platform Health & Diagnostics Tools

Recording Hardware Performance (PMU) Events with Complete Examples

Performance Monitor Unit (PMU) events are used to measure CPU performance and understand workloads CPU characterization. Windows provides a way to collect PMU events through Event Tracing for Windows (ETW). When combined with other ETW events, we can tell a lot more concrete story about the performance. I recently added “Recording Hardware ...

Windows Performance Analyzer – Table & Graph Configurations (Part 1)

In the previous post, we discussed a brief intro into Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA) and its feature set.  WPA can display trace data in a wide array of formats, most of which are pre-configured as presets designed for drilling into specific data points. Here is one for example: WPA's CPU Usage (Sampled) table has a few different ...

Authoring custom profiles – Part 1

This is the first post in a multi-part series about authoring custom profiles for Windows Performance Recorder (WPR.) In a previous post, we have looked at how to start a trace with built-in profiles. The built-in profiles offer wide variety of preset profiles that we can use for different scenarios. There are built-in profiles for CPU ...

Windows Performance Analyzer “WPA” Intro

If you do a search online for WPA, you might find information for protecting your Wi-Fi, but that is a different type of WPA. In the performance & diagnostics space WPA stands for Windows Performance Analyzer, a friendly but intricate UI that allows for developers and analyst to deep dive into performance traces captured on Windows (and...