NVIDIA Nsight Systems

NVIDIA Nsight? Systems is a system-wide performance analysis tool designed to visualize an application’s algorithms, help you identify the largest opportunities to optimize, and tune to scale efficiently across any quantity or size of CPUs and GPUs, from large servers to our smallest system on a chip (SoC).

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Nsight Systems visualizes system workload metrics on a timeline and provides tools that help developers detect, understand, and solve performance issues.

Key Benefits

Profile the System

While the GPU is the engine that drives an application’s graphics, the CPU should operate asynchronously to execute instructions and send tasks to the graphics unit. The same is true for NVIDIA network interface cards (NICs), data processing units (DPUs), and SoCs. The full picture of app optimization is not complete without drilling deeply into these interactions to ensure maximum parallelism is achieved. Nsight Systems visualizes unbiased, system-wide activity data on a unified timeline, allowing application developers to investigate correlations, dependencies, activity, bottlenecks, and resource allocation to ensure hardware components are working harmoniously.

Analyze Performance

Nsight Systems ensures every facet that contributes to an application’s performance can be accessed and analyzed by developers. It offers low-overheard performance analysis that visualizes otherwise hidden layers of events and metrics used for pursuing optimizations, including CPU parallelization and core utilization, GPU streaming-multiprocessor (SM) optimization, system workload and CUDA? libraries trace, network communications, OS interactions, and more.

Scale Across Platforms

Nsight Systems is designed to scale across a wide range of NVIDIA platforms, from NVIDIA DGX? multi-GPU+multi-NIC x86 servers to NVIDIA RTX? workstations, NVIDIA GeForce? gaming PCs, NVIDIA Optimus?-enabled laptops, NVIDIA DRIVE? devices with Tegra?+dedicated graphics card (dGPU) multi-OS, and NVIDIA Jetson? for edge AI and robotics. Nsight Systems can even provide valuable insights with real-time stutter analysis in video games, pro-visualization applications, and high-performance computing (HPC) load balancing. These insights can even extend to deep learning and inference, where the load and distribution can be seen in frameworks such as PyTorch and TensorFlow, allowing users to tune their models and parameters to increase single- or multi-GPU utilization.

Explore Key Features

Visualize CPU-GPU Interactions

Nsight Systems latches on to a target application to expose GPU and CPU activity, events, annotations, throughput, and performance metrics in a chronological timeline. With low overhead, this data can be visualized accurately and in parallel for ease of understanding. GPU workloads are further correlated with in-application CPU events, allowing for performance blockers to be easily identified and remedied.

Nsight Systems visualizes CPU-GPU interactions
CPU activity (top) in parallel to GPU graphics and compute activity (bottom).
Nsight Systems tracks GPU activity
The GPU Metrics section of the Nsight Systems timeline.

Track GPU activity

To further explore the GPU, toggling on GPU Metrics Sampling will plot low-level input/output (IO) activity such as PCIe throughput, NVIDIA NVLink?, and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) activity. GPU Metrics Sampling also exposes SM utilization, Tensor Core activity, instruction throughput, and warp occupancy. Every workload and their CPU origin can be readily tracked to support performance tuning.

Trace GPU workloads

For compute tasks, Nsight Systems supports investigating the CUDA API and tracing CUDA libraries, including cuBLAS, cuDNN, and NVIDIA TensorRT?. For graphics computing, Nsight Systems supports profiling Vulkan, OpenGL, DirectX 11, DirectX 12, DXR, and NVIDIA OptiX? APIs.

 Nsight Systems traces GPU workloads
DX12 API calls as they happen chronologically in the timeline alongside render thread.
Nsight Systems detects frame stutter and bottlenecks
Nsight Systems detected a low-health frame causing a large stutter, as well as the calls that caused it.

Detect frame stutter and bottlenecks

Nsight Systems automatically detects slow frames (by highlighting frame times higher than a target) as well as local stutter frames (by highlighting frames with higher times than neighboring frames). It also automatically reports CPU times per frame and API calls that are likely candidates for causing stutters. This equips developers with plenty of information to locate and resolve the causes of frame drops and inconsistent frame timing.

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Accelerate Multi-Node Performance

Nsight Systems supports multi-node profiling to resolve performance limiters on the scale of data centers and clusters. Network metrics alongside new features for Python backtrace sampling paint a complete picture across GPUs, CPUs, DPUs, and internode communication. Additionally, multi-node analysis is available in preview to automatically diagnose performance limiters across many nodes simultaneously.

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 Nsight Systems multi-node profiling
Jupyter notebook integration in Nsight Systems lets you visualize a large volume of performance data collected from a multi-node trace.

View Other Tools Within the Nsight Suite

Nsight Systems is part of the NVIDIA Nsight Developer Tools suite, a collection of powerful tools, libraries, and SDKs that enable developers to build, debug, and profile software using the latest accelerated computing hardware.

Nsight Graphics

NVIDIA Nsight Graphics is a standalone developer tool with ray-tracing support that enables debugging, profiling, and exporting frames built with Direct3D, Vulkan, OpenGL, OpenVR, and the Oculus SDK.

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Nsight Compute

NVIDIA Nsight? Compute is an interactive profiler for CUDA? and NVIDIA OptiX? that provides detailed performance metrics and API debugging via a user interface and command-line tool. Users can run guided analysis and compare results with a customizable and data-driven user interface.

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Nsight Deep Learning Designer

Nsight Deep Learning Designer is an integrated development environment that helps developers efficiently design and develop deep neural networks for in-app inference.

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"Vulkan is the cornerstone of Adobe’s multi-platform, multi-vendor rendering strategy for its Adobe Substance 3D products. Thanks to the ray-tracing extensions that NVIDIA pioneered and contributed to Khronos, Vulkan gives native access to ray-tracing hardware, offering exceptional ray-tracing performance on supported devices. In addition, Nsight Graphics and Nsight Systems are invaluable tools when it comes to understanding and improving the performance of Vulkan ray-tracing applications."

— Francois Beaune, Lead Software Engineer of Photorealistic Rendering, Adobe 3D and Immersive


"NVIDIA Nsight Systems has enabled the Microsoft Azure HPC+AI team to perform detailed analysis and optimize GPU-accelerated AI and software for our services and customers. The tool paints a clear picture of events on the CPUs, GPUs, NICs, and OS, which have allowed us to quickly identify the top time-consuming functions and cold spots to target."

— Kushal Datta, Principal Software Engineer, Microsoft Azure HPC+AI

"We noticed that our new Quadro P6000 server was ‘starved’ during training, and we needed experts for supporting us. NVIDIA Nsight Systems helped us to achieve over 90 percent GPU utilization. A deep learning model that previously took 600 minutes to train, now takes only 90."

— Felix Goldberg, Chief AI Scientist, Tracxpoint

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