ThreadScope Tour

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A guided tour of ThreadScope

Want to get the best performance out of your parallel Haskell program? ThreadScope is just the tool for the job. We in the ThreadScope team have put together a little user guide to help you get started and hopefully make the most of ThreadScope.

In this tutorial, we'll be working through concrete examples on using ThreadScope to debug the performance of parallel programs. We aim to keep each module in the tutorial self-contained, so you can either follow the progression suggested or jump to just the sections we need.


This tutorial is written with the following software versions in mind.

  • ThreadScope 0.2.1
  • GHC 7.4. (earlier versions work, but lack more advanced features like spark events)
Getting started
  1. Installation: install ThreadScope and run a sample trace
  2. Hello world: run ThreadScope on a small test program
Basic skills
  1. Initial statistics: collect some simple statistics
  2. Profile: examine the profile for a real program
  3. Profile 2: examine the profile for an improved program
  4. Zoom: zoom in to see performance behaviour at a finer resolution
  5. Bookmark: place a temporary marker in the eventlog
  6. Consolidate: tease out the sequential parts of code
Digging into a program with spark events
  1. Spark overview
  2. Spark rates: study spark creation/conversion
  3. Spark rates 2: spark debugging continued

This tutorial was initially written by Well-Typed in the context of the Parallel GHC Project. Feedback would be most appreciated!