HP Digital Continuous Profiling Infrastructure (HP DCPI) for OpenVMS is
available only on the Alpha platform. It runs on all existing Alpha-based systems that support OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.2 or later.
The following software is required in order to successfully run
HP DCPI: OpenVMS Version 7.2 or
Note: Support for CPU transitions, which is new in HP DCPI
T2.0 requires OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3 or later, with the following patches
Note: HP DCPI cannot be run at the same time as
other tools that use the built-in Alpha hardware performance counters
(for example, Iprobe).
Most normal account quotas will suffice. To run the daemon (dcpid)
a PGFLQUOTA of at least 100000 is required.
HP DCPI requires no special system parameter settings.
However, HP DCPI uses fairly large portions of nonpaged pool to store
the data during sampling. Make sure there is room for at least 1/2
MB of nonpaged pool per active CPU in the system.
Download and install the DCPI kit
- Download the
Read the license and accept the terms,
then fill in and submit the registration form. Once you have
registered, you will be sent the location of the download kit.
HP DCPI software is available for the Alpha platform as a
compressed self-extracting file. The size of the
compressed kit is 36485 blocks. The size of the
uncompressed kit is 42576 blocks.
- Expand the
To expand the DCPI
self-extracting file, enter the following command:
$ RUN DCPI-OPENVMS-ALPHA-T200.SFX_AXPEXE
The system expands the file and names the decompressed file
Do not rename this file.
Note: If you expand the kit on an ODS-5
disk, the filename defaults to lowercase. PCSI requires all
uppercase characters. Rename the file to the same name, but
containing all uppercase characters, before you begin the
After you expand the DCPI kit, you can delete the .SFX_AXPEXE
Alternatively, you can first install DCPI, delete the .PCSI
file, and keep the smaller .SFX_AXPEXE file in case you need to
re-install the kit.
Note: Only a single user can run HP DCPI at any given time.
- Install DCPI
To install the HP DCPI for OpenVMS Alpha kit, enter the following command:
$ PRODUCT INSTALL DCPI
For a description of the features you can request with the PRODUCT INSTALL command
when starting an installation, such as running the IVP, purging files, and configuring the installation,
see the POLYCENTER Software Installation Utility User's Guide.
Refer to the sample installation.
Note: If you upgrade the OpenVMS operating system,
you will need to reinstall DCPI afterwards.
- Read the
The DCPI installation procedure creates file SYS$HELP:DCPKIT$README.TXT.
Be sure to see the Known Problems and Hints section.
- Modify SYSTARTUP_VMS.COM
Add the following line to your site-specific system startup file:
This will load the DCPI driver when you reboot OpenVMS. (Installing DCPI also loads the driver.)
How to start sampling
- Setup database directory, symbols, and logical names data
Create a directory for the profile database. For
Set up symbols and logical names. For
Note that the database directory is an input parameter to
- Collect data to analyze Note that
dcpid runs interactively by default.
To run dcpid in the
run the following command (this assumes you do not logout your main process):
- To remove DCPI and its files from the system, enter the following command:
$ product remove dcpi
Refer to the sample uninstallation.
Note: Sampled data reports will not be removed.