NVIDIA® Nsight™ Compute 2020.3 is now available

NVIDIA® Nsight™ Compute 2020.3.0 is now available for download in the NVIDIA Registered Developer Program.

Version 2020.3 supports the CUDA Toolkit 11.2 and NVIDIA’s latest Ampere architecture GPUs. Along with many workflow improvements and additional metrics, we’ve added ‘Profile Series’ to facilitate profiling with a range of configurable parameters. Additionally, there are numerous UI improvements, performance improvements, and bug fixes.

NVIDIA® Nsight™ Compute 2020.3 includes these improvements and updates:

  • Support for CUDA Toolkit 11.2 was added.
  • Added support for derived metrics in section files. Derived metrics can be used to create new metrics based on existing metrics and constants. See the Customization Guide for details.
  • Added a new Import Source (–import-source) option to the UI and command line to permanently import source files into the report, when available.
  • Added a new section that shows the number of NVLink metrics on supported systems.
  • Added a new launch__func_cache_config metric to the Launch Statistics section.
  • Added new branch efficiency metrics to the Source Counters section, including smsp__sass_average_branch_targets_threads_uniform.pct to replace nvprof’s branch_efficiency, as well as instruction-level metrics smsp__branch_targets_threads_divergent, smsp__branch_targets_threads_uniform and branch_inst_executed.
  • A warning is shown if kernel replay starts staging GPU memory to CPU memory or the file system.
  • Section and rule files are deployed to a versioned directory in the user’s home directory to allow easier editing of those files, and to prevent modifying the base installation.
  • Removed support for NVLINK (nvl*) metrics due to a potential application hang during data collection. The metrics will be added back in a future version of the driver/tool.
NVIDIA Nsight Compute
  • Added support for Profile Series. Series allow you to profile a kernel with a range of configurable parameters to analyze the performance of each combination.
  • Added a new Allocations view to the Resources tool window which shows the state of all current memory allocations.
  • Added a new Memory Pools view to the Resources tool window which shows the state of all current memory pools.
  • Added coverage of peer memory to the Memory Chart.
  • The Source page now shows the number of excessive sectors requested from L1 or L2, e.g. due to uncoalesced memory accesses.
  • The Source column on the Source page can now be scrolled horizontally.
  • The kernel duration gpu__time_duration.sum was added as column on the Summary page.
  • Improved the performance of application replay when not all kernels in the application are profiled.
NVIDIA Nsight Compute CLI
  • Added a new --app-replay-match option to select the mechanism used for matching kernel instances across application replay passes.
  • An error is shown if --nvtx-include/exclude are used without --nvtx.
Resolved Issues
  • The Grid Size column on the Raw page now shows the CUDA grid size like the Launch Statistics section, rather than the combined grid and block sizes.
  • The Branch Resolving warp stall reason was added to the PC sampling metric groups and the Warp State Statistics section.
  • The API Stream tool window shows kernel names according to the selected Function Name Mode.
  • Fixed that an incorrect line could be shown after a heatmap selection on the Source page.
  • Fixed incorrect metric usage for system memory in the Memory Chart. Previously, all requested memory of L2 from system memory was reported instead of only the portion that missed in L2.

For a complete overview of all NVIDIA Nsight™ Compute features and access to resources, please visit the main Nsight™ Compute page.

NVIDIA® Nsight™ Compute 2020.3 is available for download under the NVIDIA Registered Developer Program.