libpciaccess has now official support for Windows/Cygwin


During my Google Summer of Code 2013, a part of my project was to reverse engineered GPU graphics counters on NVIDIA Tesla. However, these counters are only exposed on Windows through the NVIDIA NVPerfKit performance tools.

Usually the Nouveau community uses envytools, a collection of tools to help developers understand how NVIDIA GPUs work. Envytools depends on libpciaccess which is only available on POSIX platforms. That’s why I decided to port libpciaccess to Windows/Cygwin to be able to use these tools.

This port depends on WinIo which allows direct I/O port and physical memory access under Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7 and 2008.

This port has been accepted in libpciaccess/master and merged today. It has only been tested on Windows Seven 32 bits, and has to be checked and fixed on 64 bits.

To use it, please follow the instructions found in README.cygwin.

This support helped me to understand how GPU graphics counters work on NVIDIA Tesla. I started writing a documentation of these counters here.

See you later!