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Performance Co-Pilot for IA-64 Linux User's and Administrator's Guide
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About This Guide

This guide describes the Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) software package of advanced performance tools for the SGI family of IA-64 servers running the Linux operating system.

The Performance Co-Pilot for IA-64 Linux User's and Administrator's Guide documents the the Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) software package.

PCP provides a systems-level suite of tools that cooperate to deliver integrated performance monitoring and performance management services spanning the hardware platforms, operating systems, service layers, Database Management Systems (DBMSs), and user applications.

“About This Guide” includes short descriptions of the chapters in this book, directs you to additional sources of information, and explains typographical conventions.

1. What This Guide Contains

This guide contains the following chapters:

2. Audience for This Guide

This guide is written for the system administrator or performance analyst who is directly using and administering PCP applications.

3. Related Resources

The Performance Co-Pilot Programmer's Guide, a companion document to the Performance Co-Pilot for IA-64 Linux User's and Administrator's Guide, is intended for application developers who want to use the PCP framework and services for exporting additional collections of performance metrics, or for delivering new or customized applications to enhance performance management.

Additional resources include man pages and SGI Web sites.

3.1. SGI Web Sites

The following Web sites are accessible to everyone with general Internet access:



The SGI general Web site, with search capability

Links to Performance Co-Pilot product information

Some parts of the PCP infrastructure that have also been released as open source

4. Obtaining Publications

To obtain SGI documentation, go to the SGI Technical Publications Library at .

5. Conventions

The following conventions are used throughout this document:




This fixed-space font denotes literal items such as commands, files, routines, path names, signals, messages, and programming language structures.


Italic typeface denotes variable entries and words or concepts being defined.

user input 

This bold, fixed-space font denotes literal items that the user enters in interactive sessions. (Output is shown in nonbold, fixed-space font.)

[ ] 

Brackets enclose optional portions of a command or directive line.


Ellipses indicate that a preceding element can be repeated.


All capital letters denote environment variables, operator names, directives, defined constants, and macros in C programs.


Parentheses that follow function names surround function arguments or are empty if the function has no arguments; parentheses that follow Linux commands surround man page section numbers.

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Performance Co-Pilot for IA-64 Linux User's and Administrator's Guide
(document number: 007-4580-001 / published: 2003-02-13)    table of contents  |  additional info  |  download

    Front Matter
    About This Guide
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Performance Co-Pilot
    Chapter 2. Installing and Configuring Performance Co-Pilot
    Chapter 3. Common Conventions and Arguments
    Chapter 4. Monitoring System Performance
    Chapter 5. Performance Metrics Inference Engine
    Chapter 6. Archive Logging
    Chapter 7. Performance Co-Pilot Deployment Strategies
    Chapter 8. Customizing and Extending PCP Services
    Appendix A. Acronyms

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