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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Whats the history behind the fork bomb?

I have read other questions 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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Does linux kill heavy and long running background processes after they reach some threshold?

If I start a really heavy (memory/cpu intensive) running really long running process will the OS terminate it after a period of time arbitrarily? I.e. are there any limits beyond which the OS would ...
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Bash script that automatically kills processes when CPU/memory usage gets too high

I have created a script that kills processes if CPU and/or memory usage hits 80%. It creates a list of killed processes when this happens. What can I do to improve it? while [ 1 ]; do echo echo ...
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On Ubuntu Linux, is it normal for mandb to run continuously (apparently in the background)?

I have access to a Ubuntu Linux node at my institution. The nodes are shared among the group, but typically I am the only person who uses this particular node. I am running a calculation in parallel ...
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How can we use the command 'top‘ to monitor the total CPU usage and each processor usage simultaneously?

You know that we can use the command top to monitor the real-time CPU usage and toggle the result display to the per-processor view by pressing key 1. The disadvantage of it is you can only monitor ...
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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 I got this: $ sensors atk0110-acpi-0 Adapter: ACPI interface Vcore Voltage: +0.99 V (min = ...
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How to set the CPU freq. in Linux?

I'm using this ARM9 SAM9G25 embedded system, that when switched on, is only online for a few seconds and because I want to speed up the whole process, I'd like to check the CPU frequency, and set it ...
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How to find out how many cores (including emulated via HT and such) are avaliable to user?

I wonder how to get how many cores (including emulated via HT and such) are avaliable to user via bash shell-script command?
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Under what circumstances, if any, will the result of reading /proc/cpuinfo change?

What I understand so far is that when a program opens and reads any file under /proc/, the kernel will generate the information on the fly. In the specific case of cpuinfo most of that data is ...
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How the network packets are transferred to the memory on linux?

Is there some command or tool for monitoring network packets and how those packets are handled by the memory and than proceeded to the CPU on linux platform? Using tcpdump I can capture many apache ...
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Slow down the CPU

I tried to slow down my CPU with powernowd and cpufreq-selector. I hoped that with lower frequency it will be less hot and I won't hear my fan every time I will run internet radio. I used the ...
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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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What does it mean exactly when a processes “Time” has stopped in top?

I'll be looking into why we're getting critical swap alerts, and I'll find something like: PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ SWAP COMMAND 14683 user1 30 10 16.0g 772m ...
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Setting CPU frequency guidelines

I'm changing my CPU frequency because of noisy fan. I used sudo cpufreq-selector -g powersave for this purpose, but I replaced my Linux system Xubuntu with Lubuntu because it utilizes better ...
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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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How to monitor top applications using CPU (and IO if possible) in a graph?

I need to find what and when these applications used so much CPU (and IO if possible too). This should be in a graphic timeline like we see in GNOME System Monitor CPU History. I also want to compare ...
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/proc/cpuinfo showing zero cpu clock speed

I saw an interesting issue where the cpuinfo file from /proc filesystem shows the cpu clock speed as zero. It is a physical host with no virtualization. Can someone explain to me some probable reasons ...
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FreeBSD throttle cpu clock on high temperature

I'm using a laptop with bad cooling system, so my CPU sometimes hits very high temperature, and linux kernel is able to throttle cpu clock to cool it as I can see in dmesg: [22612.245243] CPU3: Core ...
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Why is 'steal' time gradually increasing?

I'm tracking CPU usage on a VM on a lightly-loaded host. Everything appears to be functioning normally on all the VMs, but collectd is reporting a gradually increasing 'steal' time: The actual ...
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/proc/cpuinfo “cache” category: L1, L2 or total?

When I look in /proc/cpuinfo, one of the lines tells me I have 6144 KB of cache. Is this L1 cache, L2 cache, or the sum of both of them? In any case, how do I find out how much L1 and L2 cache my ...
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How come I installed Ubuntu 64 bit on a Pentium 4 machine?

I have just tried booting the Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit live USB on this machine and to my amazement everything works fine. I even installed the system, after which I checked with uname -a and the result is ...
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How to bzip a file with minimum cpu percentage?

I am using bzip2 to compress a file,the process takes more that 100% cpu.Is there any way to run bzip2 with minimum CPU precentage.
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How to get CPU info on a vmware guest

This is a server that is running on Vmware ESXi: SERVER:/root # cat /etc/SuSE\-release SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86_64) VERSION = 11 PATCHLEVEL = 2 ...
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Xorg increases cpu usage over time

I've had quite a strange phenomenon with Xorg for some time now: After logging in to my laptop (specifics below) the cpu consumption of Xorg increases monotonically, even if the computer is idle and ...
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How to identify if there is some power saving setting that powered down a processor in Linux

I have a linux server that apparently has two Intel Xeon X5670. /proc/cpuinfo shows 12 CPUs but dmidecode shows only one CPU and the other one is in the Unpopulated status like it is showing that ...
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CPU and core usage stats

I'm running some programs on a server and I would like to know how much % cpu I'm taking up and how many cores are being utilised by my process. To clarify, the server has 16 CPUs, all quad-core. I ...
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CPU locked at lowest frequency, cpufreqd says it won't manage it?

I have a Dell Latitude D600 running CrunchBang Statler (Debian Squeeze-based) with a 1.4GHz Pentium M. I noticed in Conky that my CPU freq is stuck at 600MHz, even when doing CPU-intensive things like ...
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Execution time and resources after processes that has been running for so long

This might be a basic question, but I am getting hard time finding an answer to it. I am using RHEL6. After running any process that takes significant cpu time, I get a line that tells (I guess) the ...
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Control cpu freq depending on ac/battery state

How can I make my linux system (ubuntu) automatically choose the performance governor when it works with ac and switch automatically to ondemand when it is on battery (and vice versa)? Is it also ...
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Why does my cpu never get past 60-70% cpu usage? Where is the bottleneck?

In my CPU graph thingy, I have noticed recently that when compiling stuff I can never seem to reach 100% usage, it just keeps bobbing up and down around 60-70% max. Example: In contrast, this graph ...
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Telling Linux kernel *not* to use certain CPUs

I'm trying to run some benchmarks on a multicore machine and I'd like to tell the Linux kernel to simply avoid certain cores unless explicitly told to use them. The idea is that I could set aside a ...
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script for logging all the stats for a particular process

I want to monitor CPU usage, disk read/write usage for a particular process, say ./myprocess. To monitor CPU top command seems to be a nice option and for read and write iotop seems to be a handy ...
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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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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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Kernel - Measuring the rate of timer interrupts

I am working on optimizing kernels of my boxes for telephony, which involves (among other things) adjusting the HZ rate and the preemption model. Initially the kernel was compiled with the default ...
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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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Linux & Linux-Software: Advantages of a multi core processor [closed]

I plan to get a new notebook and try to find out if a quad-core processor gives me any advantages over a regular dual-core machine. I use common Linux Distributions (Ubuntu, Arch etc.) and mostly ...
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How to determine the maximum number to pass to make -j option?

I want to compile as fast as possible. Go figure. And would like to automate the choice of the number following the -j option. How can I programmatically choose that value, e.g. in a shell script? ...
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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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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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Is there a tool that I can use to create a diagram of my system's architecture?

I'm looking for a tool that can create both graphical files as well as text based ASCII representations of my system's CPU & motherboard architectures.
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Invoking CPU Stress

Looking for an app or tool to invoke CPU usage on my virtual Linux and Unix guests. I found the app "stress" from a post on Stackoverflow, but curious what the Unix/Linux crowd would recommend.
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Does Linux typically log system temperature data?

Do mainstream Linux distributions typically log system temperature data, e.g. CPU or HDD temperature? If so, where can those logs be found?
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how to find out intel architecture family from command line

I get access to some xeon machines for checking performance. I want to find out what architecture they are using such as Haswell, Sandybridge , Ivybridge. Is there a command to find this out?
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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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Is there a log of past threads that are now closed?

Sometimes, I have a rogue Java process which takes up 100% of my CPU and makes it jump about 30C in temperature (usually resulting in a crash if not killed). Problem is, I can never really identify ...
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Process running in only one processor

I have a 40 v core machine in which a java process running. I can see that this process is running in cpu6 all the time. $watch ps -o pid,psr,comm -p 4076 Every 2.0s: ps -o pid,psr,comm -p 4076 ...
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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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Pipe Viewer - Progress monitor performance consequence

I am writing a batch script to sort through gigs and gigs of data. All of the data is text but the script will take a long long time to execute. I would like to give some visual indication that the ...
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How to measure the clock pulse of my computer manually?

My PC has two processors, and I know that each one runs at 1.86 GHz. I have just read about clock cycles and I only have a (very) rough understanding, so I apologize beforehand if my question is so ...