Hard real-time debugging requires close interaction with the processor. Tracing shall provide a chronological picture of a system inner working up to, starting from or in the vicinity an event, mainly to guide a human in understanding a faulty program. Nexus was defined for this purpose and is available on the Power Architecture derivatives.
The Nexus Class 3 Trace of Power Architecture derivatives is used to capture processor states in real-time using a dedicated connection to the derivative.
By compiling the trace data directly via the trace hardware this sample rate complies with a multitude of machine code instructions. Recording is synchronous to the system clock frequency. This ensures the optimal use of the trace memory and allows application specific time stamps. Start and stop of recording is comfortably controlled via triggers. The total performance of the Nexus unit is available for trigger events. The comfortable trace window included in the user interface offers a direct link to the user from trace samples to the related source code, monitoring the runtime of the program based on the time stamps and comprehensive search functions.