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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
2answers
89 views

Why load is high despite the fact that neither CPU or disk is overused

I'm getting the following output from top: Cpu(s): 43.8%us, 32.5%sy, 4.8%ni, 2.0%id, 15.6%wa, 0.2%hi, 1.2%si, 0.0%st Mem: 16331504k total, 15759412k used, 572092k free, 4575980k buffers ...
4
votes
5answers
375 views

performance monitoring

Is there some performace monitoring tool which would run in background gathering info about all system activity? Somethimes my system (Arch linux, 32 bit) slows down terribly and the top utility ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
204 views

Samba daemon hammering CPU on CentOS 5.6 VM on bootup

I have a problem where my Centos 5.6 VM is running very slow on my Win7 machine, and looking at top I can see that the Samba daemon smbd is sitting at the top of the list hitting the CPU big time, ...
2
votes
1answer
22 views

Minimizing hardware interrupts

I am using a modified Linux kernel as a soft real-time OS, on a system that has an architecture like this: CPU1 and CPU2 have 8 cores each. I have 4 processes that need to be run with minimum ...
5
votes
1answer
31 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

CPU usage monitoring in AIX servers

In order to monitor the CPU usage in an AIX server I'm using the following script that is executed every 10 mins. lparstat 2 10 > cpu usage=$(tail -10 cpu | awk 'BEGIN {sum=0;} {sum+=$4} END{print ...
2
votes
1answer
296 views

cpufreqd does not control temperature plus shows no output

Since my laptop (an Acer Aspire 5750G running a Gentoo Linux with a not-quite-up-to-date kernel 2.6.39-r3 (a weird wLan hardware makes the update difficult)) tends to run rather hot I am trying to ...
2
votes
2answers
57 views

How to get CPU Percentage as a Counter?

I would like to monitor total CPU utilization percentage as a counter. The reason I would like it as a counter is that data won't be lost between samples (and I can have the graphing side calculate ...
1
vote
1answer
19 views

CPU and RAM monitorization by parent id

I'm trying to monitor the CPU and RAM usage (in % of total for example) of a given process wich may spawn several processes. The parent process is /bin/rscw so I get its pid by ppid_bl=$(ps -ef | ...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

Having an independent console to kill rogue process?

Sometimes a flash plugin starts using all the mem and CPU or an app is also behaving "naughtily" and my system starts to crawl until i finally get a terminal with htop up and kill the rogue process, ...
2
votes
1answer
18 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
369 views

Measuring CPU and Memory per user to distribute “cost” of a server

How should I implement approximately correct per-user monitoring on a server? I want a way to split the cost of a server between the users based on their usage. On newer machines (RHEL6) I would use ...
3
votes
1answer
47 views

Whats the correct value to base the maximum number of CPU's to sched_setaffinity to?

I have some confusion as to whats the correct value to use for the number of CPU's I can use to make a CPU_SET for a sched_setaffinity call on my system. My /proc/cpuinfo file: processor : 0 ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

What happens to the files when they are being decrypted?

I have the server's webroot directory mounted on a partition which is being protected with LUKS encryption. I want to know what happens to the files within when that partition is being decrypted. Does ...
7
votes
7answers
907 views

cron Vs. sleep - which is the better one in terms of efficient cpu/memory utilization?

The Case: I need to run some commands/script at certain intervals of time and for this I have two options - 1. set up a cron-job or, 2. implement a loop with sleep in the script itself. Question: ...
10
votes
1answer
278 views

How can I monitor CPU usage by user?

I need to monitor CPU usage by users of two servers' (Ubuntu and CentOS). For example: user1 5% user2 10% ... Is there a tool similar to top or htop that can do that?
0
votes
1answer
301 views

Linux Mint CPU cores balancing and high temprature

I'm using Linux Mint. My laptop has a Corei5 CPU. When I check the system monitor, it shows that the CPU 1 usage is between 90 to 100% and CPU 2,3,4 are less than 5%. why it doesn't balance processes ...
3
votes
1answer
70 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
304 views

Loading speedstep_centrino kernel module

Because of a noisy fan in my laptop, I need to change CPU frequency and for this task I need to load the appropriate kernel module. The CPU in my laptop Acer TravelMate 4002WLMi is: $ cat ...
2
votes
1answer
478 views

/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 ...
4
votes
4answers
352 views

Why/how does “uptime” show CPU load >1?

I have a 1 core CPU installed on my PC. Sometimes, uptime shows load >1. How is this possible and what does this mean? EDIT: The values go up to 2.4
6
votes
1answer
82 views

Do processes in cgroups have to be set every boot? If so, how to persist them?

I was reading this answer to a question on setting limits for processes by using cgroups. The sample given sets limits for a process (in the example, sshd). In the answer, the PID of the process is ...
4
votes
6answers
2k views

Getting cpu usage same every time.

When I execute following command to get cpu usage , I get nice + user cpu usage. top -b -n1 | grep "Cpu(s)" | awk '{print $2 + $4}' Output: 14.5 Here I am getting problem is that the output ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Why my cpu spend so much time on system? [closed]

top - 08:58:42 up 20 days, 8:23, 1 user, load average: 67.17, 58.94, 62.75 Tasks: 630 total, 40 running, 524 sleeping, 0 stopped, 66 zombie Cpu(s): 57.3%us, 41.6%sy, 0.0%ni, 0.0%id, 0.0%wa, ...
1
vote
2answers
854 views

Top c - CPU usage >200% Will it Crash?

I would appreciate some advice from your experience. My main concern is I really REALLY do not want to cause the computer server to crash. The question is, I am running a program on a Linux computer ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Hyperthreading not detected by Linux

Problem solved! After speaking to Dell's support they realized that I had to remove the option acpi=off from my /boot/grub/menu.1st config file. Apparently ACPI support is essential for ...
2
votes
1answer
59 views

Determine the intel CPU family for C compiler?

I am checking the CPU information on a Linux server, and tuning options of the Intel C compiler icc for my C code running on the server's specific architecture. I am thinking about choosing the value ...
3
votes
1answer
328 views

Mint fan control

I've installed Mint 15 on my Alienware m14x and can't figure out one thing. For some reason CPU overheats and fan does not respond to that. It always stays calm and quiet. How exactly I can change ...
5
votes
2answers
897 views

How does load average work with modern CPU's?

My understanding of load average lead me to be quite shocked with my current system. The CPU in my workstation is an i7 with hyperthreading enabled, and cat /proc/cpuinfo produces 4 'cpu's. That all ...
0
votes
1answer
705 views

Limit CPU and memory usage for PHP-FPM and Nginx processes in CentOS

I want to limit CPU and memory usage for PHP-FPM and Nginx processes in CentOS. I came across following tools cpulimit cggroups memory resource locater which will more efficient and how can I ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

Understanding top and load average

I'm observing a high load average on a certain machine (about 9) in all three load fields. I understand load as the number of processes in state "run" / currently desiring CPU time. Am I correct at ...
3
votes
1answer
33 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
35 views

When speaking about cache size of a CPU, we only need the size of the cache at the furthest level [closed]

When speaking about cache size of a CPU, do we only need to know the size of the cache at the furthest level (such as at level 3, when the cache hierachy is 3-level)? Instead of the sum of all the ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Limit CPU/RAM usage per user? [duplicate]

I'm running game server applications on dedicated server that I have, but I want to be able to limit the CPU/RAM/etc usage on a per-user basis to make sure one of the servers doesn't eat up more ...
1
vote
2answers
73 views

Is there a way to dump a CPU's CPUID information?

I'm familiar with lshw, /proc/cpuinfo, etc. But is there a method for getting at a CPU's CPUID opcode?
0
votes
1answer
65 views

Monitor CPU Registers

I'm looking for such tool, to see state of CPU registers, eax, ebx, ecx, edx. I've discovered cpuid: eax in eax ebx ecx edx 00000000 0000000d 756e6547 6c65746e 49656e69 00000001 ...
8
votes
4answers
8k views

Why is kworker consuming so many resources on Linux 3.0.0-12-server?

Last Friday I upgraded my Ubuntu server to 11.10, which now runs with a 3.0.0-12-server kernel. Since then the overall performance has dropped dramatically. Before the upgrade the system load was ...
2
votes
0answers
55 views

VPS freezes every few days (rcu_sched_state detected stall on CPU x)

Background: I have an Ubuntu 12.04 (64bit) in Xen virtualization environment. 1 GB RAM, 1 processor. Every few days I get the following error message: rcu_sched_state detected stall on cpu 0 ...
1
vote
0answers
81 views

Intel Turbo Boost apparently activated for no reason?

The other day, I reinstalled my operating system (Crunchbang, fork of Debian). For some reason my fan has been running at full speed (and blowing colder-than-room-temperature air) even though I'm ...
1
vote
1answer
72 views

Number of cores on FreeBSD

What would the equivalent of Debian's nproc be in FreeBSD? I'm trying to include this in a bash script variable so if it could just print out the number of cores that would be fantastic.
2
votes
1answer
388 views

Measuring CPU %steal on VMware and Hyper-V hypervisors

For Xen Linux guests, %steal time is readily available via top and other utilities. Is it possible to get this and related metrics from within a Linux guest when running a non-Xen hypervisor such as ...
1
vote
2answers
70 views

Linux and CPU usage

What does it mean for a core to run at different loads in different moments? How does a 10% load differ from a 90% load? How is this number calculated, essentially?
16
votes
6answers
903 views

Is there a way to limit overall CPU consumption?

My laptop (an HP with an i3 chip) overheats like crazy every time I run a resource heavy process (like a large compilation, extracting large tarballs or ... playing Flash). I am currently looking ...
5
votes
3answers
611 views

How enable safeguards for CPU temperature

My desktop has a nasty habit. When I have several high intensity applications running and my CPU is at maximum usage for a period of time, the core temperature rises and my computer auto-shuts off. ...
1
vote
0answers
32 views

App consumes diferent %CPU if started at start-up or from prompt [closed]

I run an application in embedded system, and it needs to start at boot. However, I have a problem with it: when I execute it at boot (from rc.local script), it consumes nearly all the CPU, making the ...
2
votes
0answers
72 views

Limit CPU cycles inside of Xen

I'd like to run some minimum-expectation benchmarks on EC2, but I'm having an issue of high variability in my output data. Specifically, they keep giving me more CPU than I'm minimally entitled to, ...
1
vote
0answers
46 views

Why PowerVM LPAR CPU utilization is negative

For a specific case I compute an PowerVM LPAR CPU utilization to be a large number less than zero. I am fetching the lpar sample event using: lslparutil -r lpar -m P750 --filter "lpar_names=i5lp5" ...
5
votes
1answer
134 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
98 views

sar -P ALL command AIX 6.1

What is the meaning of - in the cpu column below? Is it average of all CPU cores? bash-3.00$ sar -P ALL 2 2 AIX tinapp1 1 6 00F6F78B4C00 11/27/13 System configuration: lcpu=4 mode=Capped 19:02:54 ...