NVIDIA® Nsight™ Compute is an interactive kernel profiler for CUDA applications. It provides detailed performance metrics and API debugging via a user interface and command line tool. In addition, its baseline feature allows users to compare results within the tool. Nsight Compute provides a customizable and data-driven user interface and metric collection and can be extended with analysis scripts for post-processing results.

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Version 2019.4 New Features  |  Revision History

NVIDIA® Nsight™ Compute is freely offered through the NVIDIA Registered Developer Program and as part of the CUDA Toolkit

Baseline Comparisons

  • Set multiple baselines to compare variations in GPU architecture, kernel launch parameters, memory usage, ...
  • Compare performance metrics between baselines and the current run
  • New: Now with the ability to compare child processes

Run from NsCompute GUI or from Console Command Line

  • NsCompute GUI provides text for console commands
  • GUI/Console provide similar features, functionality, output, and reports

CUDA Task Graph Profiling

  • Stop at a kernel launch from a graph node
  • State of graph node shown in resource page
  • Export graph visualization

Source Code Correlation

  • Correlate individual Source, SASS, or PTX lines and metrics
  • Shown here with PC Sampling data available in Volta and Turing architectures
  • New: Improved heat map for identifying high metric values


  • Interactive kernel profiler
  • Profiler report for kernels and/or child processes
  • Diff’ing results across one or multiple reports using baselines
  • Fast data collection
  • Intuitive UI for interactive profiling
  • Command line operation for manual and automated profiling
  • Fully customizable reports and rules

Variations from the Nsight Compute 2019.4.0 found in
CUDA Toolkit 10.1 Update 2

  • None - This version is a reposting of the version in the CUDA ToolKit 10.1 Update 2.
    However, we may update this site with bug fixes, as needed.

System Requirements

Supported platforms


  • Linux x86_64[1]
  • Windows x86_64[1]
  • MacOS[1]

  • Linux x86_64[1]
  • Windows x86_64[1]
  • Linux PowerPC[1]
  • DRIVE OS QNX aarch64[2][3]
  • DRIVE OS Linux aarch64[2][3]
     [1] available in this download and the CUDA Desktop Toolkit
     [2] available in the Embedded or Drive toolkits only
     [3] Only the command line interface (CLI) is provided for these platforms. There is no Nsight Compute GUI application for these platforms

Supported GPU architectures

  • Pascal: GP10x (excluding GP100)
  • Volta: GV100
  • Turing: TU1xx


  • Please use the 426.00 drivers provided with CUDA Toolkit 10.1 Update 2 production release or a more recent version.
  • Please use 435 drivers for profiling OptiX applications.


Nsight Compute Documentation


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