The Intel Inspector comes packaged with both the Intel Parallel Studio Cluster Edition and the System Studio Ultimate Edition suites. These suites contain many other performance monitoring tools such as Intel's Vtune Amplifier, but pricing starts at $1600. In this course we are only going to use the FREE trial version. Afterwards, you can make the decision on if the suite of tools offered by Intel is worth the purchase.
- [Instructor] Make sure you have Visual Studio 2015 installed so you can see the option to add Inspector integration into the Visual Studio 2015 software. If you don't have Visual Studio already on your system and you want to use Intel's Inspector inside the IDE, you must first install Visual Studio 2015. We can grab the tool from the Intel developer zone located at this link here. The tool is part of the Intel Parallel Studio. Now, in this course we are only going to download and look at the free trial version. Let's grab this tool so we can test it out for ourselves.
In the yellow box where it says Available in, we can click on the dropdown arrow and select Intel Parallel Studio. Then click on Download Free Trial. We're taken to the Intel Parallel Studio page. Here let's click on the Select OS dropdown and pick Windows ++ & Fortran. As we can see, the tool works across multiple platforms, but here we are only going to focus on the Windows version. Keep in mind that oftentimes when you optimize an application on Windows, the benefits will still be see on both Apple and Android devices.
After selecting the Windows OS, click on the Download Free Trial button. Now we are taken to a form that we must fill out in order to obtain a free trial for the tool. Enter the required fields and click on the blue Submit button at the bottom of the form. After clicking on the Submit button, we are taken to the Thank You page, which tells us that our trial download has been emailed to us. After locating the email in your inbox, click on the yellow Download button.
You will be taken to the Download page where you click on the blue Download Now button. After the file is done downloading, locate the file and double-click to start the installation process. Click Extract. Once the installation dialog comes up, let's advance through the default installation. We'll keep everything at the default and simply click on the Install button at the end to start the progress bar. Make sure when you get to the Activation page to click on the radio button that says Evaluate the Intel Parallel Studio.
Then click Next. Now that all of the components are done installing, click on Finish and you are taken to an HTML page where first-time users can further explore the tool. We have two options for launching the Intel Inspector, launching it with Visual Studio or by itself. We discuss the GUIs for both in the following lessons, but first we need to perform some first-time setup steps.
- Installing Intel Inspector XE
- Setting up OpenCV
- Detecting memory leaks
- Visualizing memory usage growth
- Conducting memory leak analysis
- Fixing memory leaks in source code