Aftermath pre-release

Configuration & Installation

Aftermath is distributed through the Git version control system and uses the GNU build system. To obtain the code for the pre-release, please clone as follows:
$ git clone git://
There are also a few dependencies that need to be installed on your build system. On Debian-based systems, it should be sufficient to install the following packages:
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf automake git libcairo2 libcairo2-dev libglib2.0-dev libtool pkg-config qt5-default qtbase5-dev qtbase5-dev-tools libqt5core5a libqt5gui5 libqt5widgets5 python-jinja2
Once all the dependencies are installed, you may proceed with the configuration and installation of Aftermath itself. The project is split into multiple sub-projects: Each of the sub-projects is located in a folder at the project root and can be built separately. For covenience, there is a script at the root, which invokes the configuration and compilation steps in the right order.
$ cd aftermath-prerelease
$ ./ --local-install -j N
where N is the number of cores of your machine. The --local-install option causes everything to be installed directly into a folder "install" at the project root. The option causes the script to generate a shell script that automatically sets PATH and LD_LIBRARY_PATH. In order to set these environment variables for the current shell, the script needs to be "sourced", e.g., by executing:
$ source
Alternatively, you can set the environment variables manually, as indicated by the build script at the end of the installation.

Obtaining example traces

To evaluate Aftermath, we also provide a set of example trace files in a separate repository:
$ git clone git://
The repository contains example traces for OpenStream, OpenMP and the Telamon code optimizer. Some of the traces have been compressed using the bzip2 and need to be decompressed before loading with the Aftermath GUI, e.g.:
$ cd aftermath-example-traces/openstream
$ bunzip2 kmeans_with_brmsp.ost.bz2

Invoking the Aftermath GUI

To run Aftermath, simply invoke the aftermath binary with the trace file as the argument, i.e.,
$ aftermath tracefile.ost
This opens the default profile for the Aftermath GUI. You can specify a different profile by using the -p option when invoking aftermath. For example, if you wanted to try the telamon profile, you would do:
$ aftermath -p telamon aftermath-example-traces/telamon/V3-matmul-2mins.ost
Currently, there are 5 profiles:

Aftermath Python bindings

In addition to the Aftermath GUI and the C libraries, there is also a preliminary set of Python bindings for Libaftermath-core. These bindings are automatically generated from the Aftermath type system.
In addition to the previously required packages, you'll also need python-cffi and pip. The configure scripts should properly check for this:
$ sudo apt-get install python-pip python-cffi
The generation of Python bindings must explicitly be enabled by passing the option --enable-python to the build script:
$ ./ --local-install --enable-python -j N
If everything compiles and installs correctly, you'll be able to use the a new Python package named aftermath.core. Make sure that Python finds it by setting PYTHONPATH correctly. This can be done by sourcing the script with environment variables generated above:
$ source
As a quick test, you could list all states and count how many state events each event collection has:
#!/usr/bin/env python

import aftermath.core as ac

t = ac.Trace("/path/to/trace/file.ost")
state_arr = t.getTraceArray("am::core::state_description")


for state in state_arr:
    print(" " +

for event_collection in t.getEventCollections():
        state_events = event_collection.getEventArray("am::core::state_event")
        num_state_events = len(state_events)
        num_state_events = 0

    print("Event collection has {} state events".format(num_state_events))