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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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 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 basic ...
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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 ...
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Lower cpu performance in Linux [closed]

I have a problem with my CPU performance in Linux. I have a laptop, Toshiba Satellite C660-101. Despite the fact that the CPU works perfectly fine in Windows 7, Linux has some serious issues. ...
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Get CPU usage for single process

I've got a problem getting a real-time CPU usage of a single process (by its PID). I'd like to setup a watchdog for the CPU usage of a process because it's suddenly reaching 100% of the CPU usage ...
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kernel log in /var/log/messages: task xxx blocked blocked for more than 120 seconds . System frozen [closed]

Monit sent out emails in the morning that my java app on the server was not responding to HTTP calls made on the 127.0.0.1 interface. App log shows nothing out of the ordinary, nginx log shows no ...
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Disable CPU scaling with U 1404

I know there are a lot of things about this topic but I couldn't find anything not older than 4 years. As the stuff develops so fast I hope it is fine to ask again a few years later. What is ...
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Number of processors in /proc/cpuinfo

While i was learning about cpu load i came to know that it depends on numbers of core. if i have 2 cores then load 2 will give 100% cpu utilization. So i tried to find out cores.( i already know that ...
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NVIDIA: could not open the device file /dev/nvidia0 (Operation not permitted)

When I try to run chrome/ium on command line it says NVIDIA: could not open the device file /dev/nvidia0` (Operation not permitted) I don't know whether its related with high CPU usage on ...
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diabling cpu cores on quad core processor on linux

I want to disable 3 CPU cores and run my processor on a single core. I have used command:maxcpus=1. But after this I executed this command ls /sys/devices/system/cpu. It still shows ...
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How to check the cpu temperatures core by core?

I have a Phenom X3-8450e which has a total of 3 cores. But when i ran "sensors" on a terminal this is what i get. user@PC ~ $ sensors atk0110-acpi-0 Adapter: ACPI interface ...
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Understanding %CPU while running top command [duplicate]

I am trying to understand what does %CPU means when I run top. I am seeing %CPU for my application as 400 or 500 most of the times. Does anyone knows what does this mean? What number is a high ...
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KVM reports strange CPU usage peaks (bash infinite recursion)

On a KVM machine running Fedora 20 I ran ulimit -s unlimited (this removes limit on stack size) and an experimental torturing testing script. All this script does is just infinite recursion: ...
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What does % utilization mean in htop if only 1 process can execute at a time?

I see that the htop command reports respective the % of utilisation of each CPU core and also that of the processes. We know that only 1 process can execute at a time in the CPU. How is it possible ...
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Setting running process affinity with taskset fails

I'm attempting to limit a process to a given number of CPU cores. According to the taskset man page and this documentation, the following should work: [fedora@dfarrell-opendaylight-cbench-devel ~]$ ...
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CPU percentage of a single process

How do I get the average CPU percentage (for every second) consumed by a single process since it starts until it ends (exists)? Could I make this with Top?
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detect process eating cpu without: top, htop, ps?

I went thru a problem where I could only guess what process was eating the cpu. My cpu usage was about 80% for all cores at psensor. I tried htop, top and ps -A -o pcpu,pid,cmd --sort +pcpu (the ...
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Figuring out physical cache layout in FreeBSD

I'm trying to figure out they physical cache layout of my CPU in FreeBSD 10. I see the following from sysctl kern.sched.topology_spec kern.sched.topology_spec: <groups> <group level="1" ...
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Find out if CPU supports dynamic speed setting

I need to find out in my script if a (potentially legacy) CPU supports dynamic speed setting, and eventually get value of maximum and current speed. What makes it more complicated is that I need to ...
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Does BIOS read directly the bootloader or load it into RAM?

I'm trying to understand the very first steps of the boot process. The CPU read the BIOS It reads a fixed address instruction It will jump to the first BIOS instructions address It will execute ...
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Intel Xeon stuck at 800mhz CPU Freq on RHEL 6.5 [duplicate]

Currently running into a headache trying to figure out why my CPU speed is stuck as such a low frequency. After doing some research, I found that cpuspeedutil does actually control the state of the ...