The NVIDIA® CUDA Profiling Tools Interface (CUPTI) is a dynamic library that enables the creation of profiling and tracing tools that target CUDA applications. CUPTI provides a set of APIs targeted at ISVs creating profilers and other performance optimization tools:

  • the Activity API,
  • the Callback API,
  • the Event API,
  • the Metric API, and
  • the Profiler API

Using these CUPTI APIs, independent software developers can create profiling tools that provide low and deterministic profiling overhead on the target system, while giving insight into the CPU and GPU behavior of CUDA applications. Normally packaged with the CUDA Toolkit, NVIDIA occasionally uses this page to provide CUPTI improvements and bug fixes between toolkit releases.

There is currently no CUPTI update to the CUDA Toolkit 11.5. You may obtain the latest version of CUPTI by Downloading the CUDA Toolkit 11.5

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Revision History

Key Features

  • Trace CUDA API by registering callbacks for API calls of interest
    • Full support for entry and exit points in the CUDA C Runtime (CUDART) and CUDA Driver
  • GPU workload trace for the activities happening on the GPU, which includes kernel executions, memory operations (e.g., Host-to-Device memory copies) and memset operations.
  • CUDA Unified Memory trace for transfers from host to device, device to host, device to device and page faults on CPU and GPU etc.
  • Normalized timestamps for CPU and GPU trace
  • Profile hardware and software event counters, including:
    • Utilization metrics for various hardware units
    • Instruction count and throughput
    • Memory load/store events and throughput
    • Cache hits/misses
    • Branches and divergent branches
    • Many more
  • Enables automated bottleneck identification based on metrics such as instruction throughput, memory throughput, and more
  • Range profiling to enable metric collection over concurrent kernel launches within a range
  • Metrics attribution at the high-level source code and the executed assembly instructions.
  • Device-wide sampling of the program counter (PC). The PC Sampling gives the number of samples for each source and assembly line with various stall reasons.
See the CUPTI User Guide for a complete listing of hardware and software event counters available for performance analysis tools.

New Features

    CUPTI has made the following changes as part of the CUDA Toolkit 11.5 release:
    • A new API cuptiProfilerDeviceSupported is introduced to expose overall Profiling API support and specific requirements for a given device. Profiling API must be initialized by calling cuptiProfilerInitialize before testing device support.
    • PC Sampling struct CUpti_PCSamplingData introduces a new field nonUsrKernelsTotalSamples to provide information about the number of samples collected for all non-user kernels.
    • Activity record CUpti_ActivityDevice2 for device information has been deprecated and replaced by a new activity record CUpti_ActivityDevice3. New record adds a flag isCudaVisible to indicate whether device is visible to CUDA.
    • Activity record CUpti_ActivityNvLink3 for NVLINK information has been deprecated and replaced by a new activity record CUpti_ActivityNvLink4. New record can accommodate NVLINK port information upto a maximum of 32 ports.
    • A new CUPTI Checkpoint API is introduced, enabling automatic saving and restoring of device state, and facilitating development of kernel replay tools. This is helpful for User Replay mode of the CUPTI Profiler API, but is not limited to use with CUPTI.
    • Tracing is supported on the Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2 (WSL2).
    • CUPTI is not supported on NVIDIA Crypto Mining Processors (CMP). A new error code CUPTI_ERROR_CMP_DEVICE_NOT_SUPPORTED is introduced to indicate it.


Supported platforms

  • Linux x86_64[1]
  • Windows x86_64[1]
  • Linux PowerPC[1]
  • Linux aarch64 SBSA[1]
  • DRIVE OS QNX aarch64[2]
  • DRIVE OS Linux aarch64[2]
  • Android aarch64[2][3]
     [1] available in the CUDA Desktop Toolkit only
     [2] available in the Embedded or Drive toolkits only
     [3] does not support Profiling API data collection

Supported NVIDIA GPU architectures

  • Activity and Callback APIs
    • All architectures supported by CUDA Toolkit
  • Event and Metric APIs
    • Volta
    • Pascal
    • Maxwell
    • Kepler
  • Profiling APIs
    • Ampere: A100 with Multi-Instance GPU, GA10x
    • Turing
    • Volta: GV100, GV10B

CUDA Toolkit


    Please use the following drivers
    • 496.13 (Windows)
    • 495.29.05 (Linux)
    provided with CUDA Toolkit 11.5 production release or a more recent version.



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Installation Overview

When installing CUDA Toolkit 11.5 and specifying options, be sure to select CUDA > Development > Tools > CUPTI.