The CPU (Central Processing Unit), is the chip in the computer that actually performs the operations and calculations that are done as a program runs. It is essentially what executes a program.

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NAS: 100% system (kernel) cpu usage

I have a single core NAS My Live Duo. It runs Debian lenny release. I found via htop utility that it constantly use 100% of red cpu without any noticeable process to eat it. Than I checked via iostat ...
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Plot values returned by command output

I have a little script that prints the CPU temperature after each T period of time, so the output is something like this: 19/02/15,01:00 30 19/02/15,02:00 33 19/02/15,03:00 38 19/02/15,04:00 32 ...
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Which commands or operations can be used to put the cpu under intense load?

I would like to measure latencies during high cpu usage but I don't have benchmarking tools like stress and I can't install them. Which operations do you recommend to put the cpu under intense load? ...
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Is it safe to disable Frequency Scaling and CPU idle Power Management support for Real Time purposes?

I'm using a Raspberry Pi board and I would like to build a real time system. During the kernel configuration, I found the CONFIG_CPU_FREQ option, which (from the help section) allows you to change ...
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Identify machine configuration via code

I am writing a program where I need to know about the machine configuration. Code will run on Linux. I want to find the following: Number of CPU Cores Number of CPU Sockets Number of Disks If it's ...
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Solaris prstat - definition of “recent” time used in percentages

The man page for prstat (on Solaris 10 in my case) notes that that CPU % output is the "percentage of recent CPU time". I am trying to understand in more depth what "recent" means in this context - is ...
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Should I install the AMD/Intel microcode packages when running Debian?

Should I install the AMD/Intel microcode packages when running Debian? What exactly do they do, and when should/shouldn't I install them? Why are they in non-free?
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Is there a way to change the number of processors a program sees?

Is there any way I can trick a program into thinking the system has fewer processors? To explain: I am debugging a program that creates as many threads as it has processors, using ...
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AIX CPU usage - how to know how many CPUs running?

Over AIX 6.1 - I do see the following output, it says I have 16 Max Physical CPUs; but there are only 8 active - why is that? The system will use the remaining 8 if needed? Or are they disabled? # ...
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How can I find figure out why a machine has consistently 70%+ CPU usage?

My machine (Macbookpro, Archlinux) has consistently a CPU at 70%+, yet I have no clue why. This doesn't happen on MacOS, only on Linux. Using htop, I can see no program using more than 2% of CPU. ...
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linux + top command

I run the top command on my linux machine and I see that vim command take like 99.5% CPU PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND ...
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How much RAM and CPU for a NTP server? [closed]

As a side project, I am thinking about adding a NTP server to pool.ntp.org. I would like to use CentOS basic, but how much RAM and CPU should I assign to a machine that will only be running ntpd (plus ...
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How can I find the CPU resource utilization of a process and all its children [duplicate]

If I have a process that spawns child processes, is there a good way to get a single number representing the combined CPU use of that process and its children? i.e is there a simple shell command ...
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Why does a linux guest consume 100% of the host CPU under VirtualBox when the guest appears idle?

I am using VirtualBox on a Macbook Pro running Yosemite. My linux guests sometimes consume 100% of the host CPU (viewed in Activity Monitor) even though the guest is idle. Why is the host CPU ...
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/proc/stat - is guest counted into user time?

I have a quick question. In man page for /proc/stat this is not clear to me: Is guest and guest_nice time included in user time in /proc/stat? http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man5/proc.5.html in ...
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Test if valid executable

Is there a (relatively) simple way to test if an executable not only exists, but is valid? By valid, I mean that an x86_64 Mach-O (OS X) executable will not run on an ARM Raspberry Pi. However, ...
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cacti Cannot display pictures

I install the nagios+cacti in the centos6.4, but the CPU picture drawing, others such as memory, processes are normal. This is why?
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arch linux on alienware 14

I've tried to install arch in my New alienware 14 But i got a few errors there, squashfs is making trouble and something is stuck in the CPUs. Does someone have experiences with that?
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What does the “k” metric mean in the “sa” output?

From man sa: k cpu-time averaged core usage, in 1k units My questions: How is it calculated? What is the significance?
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High %sy in top output, how to debug?

We have 2 identically configured servers and one of them is showing a high %sy while the other does not. This would seem to indicate that the system is busy doing something. Cpu(s): 28.1%us, ...
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Get CPU time for Benchmark in Bash Script

I'm using this Method here: http://giantdorks.org/alain/how-to-benchmark-individual-shell-script-sections-to-identify-slow-parts/ to Benchmark my Bashscript: RuntimePrint() { duration=$(echo ...
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Does QEMU/KVM use Intel AES instructions for encrypted qcow2 images if the host CPU has them?

The qcow2 image file format for KVM can use AES encryption. The encryption is applied at the cluster level: Each sector within each cluster is independently encrypted using AES Cipher Block ...
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System CPU Time and User CPU Time Calculation for a Process in Linux

I want to calculate CPU time consumption of a particular process in system mode and user mode using statistics present in /proc/<PID>. There are two fields utime and stime in ...
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Does it take time for process to utilize CPU?

I have a single-core x86 machine where I execute the burnP6(from cpuburn package) for 1 second and then kill the program: while true; do /usr/bin/burnP6 & sleep 1; pkill burnP6; sleep 1; done ...
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Less resource hungry alternative for piping `cat` into gzip for huge files

I have some files of which some are very large (like several GB), which I need to concatenate to one big file and then zip it, so something like this: cat file1 file2 file3 file4 | gzip > ...
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Changing CPU frequency programmatically

I have seen that standard CPU Frequency driver(comes with default package with linux kernel) can change the CPU frequency at runtime, when being used under the supervision of "Ondemand" governor. ...
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/proc/cpuinfo shows a single core under VirtualBox

My host machine is Windows 7, running an Intel Core i5 Processor. The Task Manager shows that I have 4 boxes under the Performance tab, which I assume to be 4 cores. However on my OEL guest (on ...
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Total CPU usage and CPU usage under processes list is different in FreeBSD top implementation?

For some reason, overall CPU usage on my FreeBSD machine fluctuates between 1% and 85%, but the CPU usage in processes column never adds up to this amount. For example here the overall CPU usage is ...
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Questions about CPU usage [closed]

How bad/normal/good is this CPU usage? Cpu0 : 14.4%us, 6.3%sy, 0.0%ni, 78.8%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.5%si, 0.0%st Cpu1 : 88.3%us, 8.0%sy, 0.0%ni, 0.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 3.7%si, 0.0%st ...
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Unexpected processor/core counts for AMD processor

I wanted to determine if a machine has hyperthreading enabled or not. To determine this, I used advice I found online, which operates as follows: physical_proc_count = `grep "physical id" ...
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Find average CPU, vMem, sMem usage on 1, 5, and 15min

I am trying to find at time T the average CPU usage on 1, 5, and 15min, just like what you get from /proc/loadavg Same thing for virtual memory, and swap memory. I would be fine with a python ...
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Are there any alternatives to pidof? (smaller footprint)

Well, I've just found out that with extensive usage of pidof in very short intervals, the seemingly tiny tool can be a great CPU hog. (Source: top) On my older machine, it can easily reach 30 percent ...
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How to stop CPU fan in Linux?

I use an old computer. CPU fan creates big noise. Sometimes CPU fan suddenly stops and does not work for a long time, and CPU does not get heated in these long periods, because I use very light-weight ...
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Elementary OS Gala using more than 100% CPU constantly

I am using ElementaryOS with the default Drivers and my Gala process is constantly using tons of CPU (sometimes more than 200%). I have looked everywhere but couldnt find a solution. I tried to ...
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Strange cpu usage values reported by pidstat

I have a script that reports the cpu usage of a specific program reading values from pidstat. The script launches as: pidstat -C ^frontend$ -h -l -p ALL 1 1 The values reported this way sometimes ...
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Run linux process at very very low priority?

I have regular process that not so important but will consume so much CPU power, and I have another process which is really important, but it spend most of the time idle, but when it got a job it ...
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Help troubleshoot a very slow system performance (Kubuntu, intel graphics) [closed]

As the title says the performance of my laptop is simply terrible. i3 M380 @ 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM (of which more than 2GB is rarely used), intel HD graphics (to external monitor through HDMI). It takes ...
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Comparing Windows and Linux machine hardware

I have to compare Linux and Windows machine hardware? In windows system, I can open the My computer properties and see the details like processors, RAM Hard disks etc. Through task manager, I can see ...
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What's limiting my CPU usage in forked processes?

I am running some long-running programs (for scientific purposes) on a multi-core Linux box. The processes are controlled by a small daemon which restarts the next job when one finishes (I run 3-6 at ...
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why is my laptop-mode configuration being ignored?

I am running Debian GNU/Linux Jessie (testing) on my laptop. I enabled the systemd laptop-mode service: $ sudo laptop_mode Laptop mode enabled, active [unchanged] and in my ...
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Whats the history behind the fork bomb?

I have read other question about its work and other things that Fork bombs operate both by consuming CPU time in the process of forking, and by saturating the operating system's process table. A ...
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What does a computer actually do with its spare CPU cycles?

When a computer is not running at full load, in the context of Linux, what does it actually do? Between scheduled threads, if there is nothing to do, does it spin wait? Does it enter some sleep state? ...
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Limiting processes to not exceed more than 10% of CPU usage

I operate a Linux system which has a lot of users but sometimes an abuse occurs; where a user might run a single process that uses up more than 80% of the CPU/Memory. So is there a way to prevent ...
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File to access for CPU load average on AIX

Is there a file with the load average in it on AIX? I'm looking for something like Linux's /proc/loadavg.
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Disable processor speed changes on AC vs battery [closed]

My Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop freezes when I plug in the AC power cord. The problem is, whenever the processor goes in power management or downclocks, the system freezes and shows colorful ...
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Where is PCB on linux

A PCB is a process control block , this is its definition on Wikipedia Process Control Block (PCB, also called Task Controlling Block,[1] Task Struct, or Switchframe) is a data structure in ...
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How do you run CPU at turbo speed continuously

processor : 7 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 60 model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 v3 @ 3.30GHz stepping : 3 cpu MHz : 3299.670 ...
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Difference between 'sar' and 'iostat' commands

With sar and iowait, we can get CPU time utilization. But, when I executed both commands, I could see significant differences in their outputs. > iostat && sar 1 1 Linux ...
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CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor: No passwd, all cores at once

I use MATE 1.6.2 and CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor 1.6.2. I would like two things: Get rid of the need of the root password to change the CPU settings. To affect all cores at once. The problem is ...
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How to calculate per CPU load

Is there any C API to calculate per CPU load? /proc/loadavg gives the CPU average load for all available CPUs and /proc/stat doesn't mention anything about active processes per CPU. How can I obtain ...