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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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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Is my laptop's overheating issue CPU (Dual Core i5) or GPU (Nvidia 320M) related, and can I fix it in Linux Mint?

I've had the same problem in both Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 15. I've tried taking my Acer laptop apart (no mean feat for a noob like me) and cleaned and resat the GPU and CPU heatsinks and fan ...
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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 ...
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Linux cgroups: limit CPU usage in absolute values which do not depend on CPU speed

I have a server with a 2.4GHz processor. And there are several cgroups, each one allowed to use 25% of CPU. That's equal to 600MHz. Then I replace the CPU with a faster one, let's say 3.0GHz. If I ...
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“rcu_preempt detected stalls on CPUs / tasks” message appears to continue

My board continues to display the message below. The terminal does not have any input. What is it with the following message, which I know? (T, g, c, q ...) What is the cause of this phenomenon? ...
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Show CPU core usage for parent process and its child processes

Is it possible to display CPU core usage just for a single process and its child processes on Linux?
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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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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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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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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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Exynos 5 DVFS or turning off cores in Ubuntu - Scaling frequency for one of the cores only (dual core) (cpufreq)

I was wondering if there is possible to scale only one of the cpu cores in the A15 in Exynos 5 ? I have tried using e.g cpufreq-set -c 1 -f 500MHz, but both cores are set to the same frequency. When ...
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eldoc mode makes emacs use 100% cpu

When I use eldoc, I add this to .emacs: (add-hook 'emacs-lisp-mode-hook 'turn-on-eldoc-mode) (add-hook 'lisp-interaction-mode-hook 'turn-on-eldoc-mode) (add-hook 'ielm-mode-hook ...
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Assign virtual core number to specific real core

Is there any way to assign ''linux core numbers'' to specific real cores? I'm working with an asymmetric architecture, so not all cores are the same, and I want to assign specific cores number to ...
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CPU Pipe Underrun Errors

Every time upon booting and then unlocking my GUI session on Kali Linux 2.0, I get another of this error in Virtual Console 1: [ 1235.586792] [drm:intel_set_cpu_fifo_underrun_reporting [i915]] ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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, ...
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Unable to reduce core frequency freebsd

I'm working on a FreeBSD project where I need to maintain the temperature of the processor below a threshold value. In order to reduce the temperature I'm trying to dynamically change the frequency of ...
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Process scheduling and core allocation on big.LITTLE CPUs

Recent ARM chips, like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, seem to be using a hybrid architecture called "big.LITTLE" with cores of different architectures and speeds combined into one CPU. On a Linux (or ...
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Can rsync command run using multiple cpu?

I executed this command but it took long time when checking checksum. Load average was 1.00 at all times. Can rsync command run using multiple cpu? $ rsync --checksum -av -e ssh /usr/local/xxx/* ...
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how practical the number of cores in Android

I've often wondered how practical the cores usage in Android smartphone. I'm asking here because Android is based on Linux. I'm looking from technical perspective. The articles that I've read so far ...
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How to reduce temperature of my Toshiba with Slackware?

I have a Notebook Toshiba with Slackware 14.1 64bits $ lspci: 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09) 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 ...
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CPU always at 80°C while the system is idle

My system is quite unused at the moment: %Cpu(s): 10.3 us, 3.1 sy, 0.0 ni, 85.9 id, 0.7 wa, 0.0 hi, 0.0 si, 0.0 s but still the temps sensors give me are quite high: acpitz-virtual-0 ...
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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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/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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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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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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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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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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Why is the AESni flag missing for my i5 CPU

My CPU is reported by Intel to support the AES-NI native instructions. http://ark.intel.com/products/65707 However, /proc/cpuinfo does not list the aes flag (which is what I guess is preventing me ...
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FreeBSD 9,1 - upowerd's cpu consumption off the roof and causes OS to restart

I've been experiencing a really annoying problem with a FreeBSD setup on my laptop. The setup is as follows: FreeBSD 9.1 / KDE4 desktop / Broadcom wireless 4313 through NDIS / Intel GPU with the new ...
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How can a single thread use 200% CPU usage?

From the screenshot above of htop output you can see that mysql is apparently using 204% of CPU usage (this is a CentOS server with dual quad-core Intel Xeons). However only one core (8) is doing ...
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upowerd consuming 100% cpu

upowerd is consuming nearly 100% of CPU. I am currently affected by this issue on both a Lenovo Thinkpad E520 and on a desktop PC running Core i7 and Asus Z170a motherboard. Both run Kubuntu 15.10. ...
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High CPU usage after Version Upgrade

Not sure if is related to the version upgrade but since I have updated my Raspberry to Linux version 4.1.13+ (dc4@dc4-XPS13-9333) (gcc version 4.8.3 20140303 (prerelease) (crosstool-NG ...
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SNMP Temperature with lm sensor

I have just managed to put in SNMP the lm sensor output. However, I have an alarm due to a fake threshold of Temperature SYSTIN (see output) nct6776-isa-0290 Adapter: ISA adapter Vcore: +1.02 ...
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Change system properties(name) under linux

Sorry for the title if is not clear. What I wondering can I change somehow under linux( ubuntu / redhat ) the name of processor like in windows by registry edition? What I mean is currently when I ...
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/proc filesystem - getting useful information

I'm trying to understand the values in /proc/PID/status. I want to calculate cpu% & mem% used by PID, similar to top bash command. For Memory percentage usage I can do the following (correct me ...
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cpu temperature is higher than usual after installing xubuntu

I have installed Xubuntu 14.04 on Asus S550CB but the system becomes warmer than usual. So I tried to configure lm-sensors and saw cpu temperature is about 50 degrees. I guessed that some drivers are ...
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Get AMD 8320 CPU temp?

I'm looking to get the CPU temperature of my AMD FX-8320 chip. I have lm-sensors installed and I've run sensors-detect saying yes to all of the prompts. I also have the kmod system service running and ...
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CPU Scheduling incredibly slow with large difference between total execution time and actual CPU time - Ubuntu Full-Disk Encryption enabled

Admittedly, I am running on a build that is no younger than five years old at this point and the system is not going to be incredibly fast. However, at the same time, the run-times I am observing are ...
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High %sy cpu usage , server is very slow

On one of the server we are noticing high %sy usage due to which server is very slow. Below is strace count for syscall. What will be the reason for high %sy usage. % time seconds usecs/call ...
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How do I gather average cpu use in the background?

I'm trying to determine if an issue I'm having is related to cpu use, but my impacted application doesn't allow me to change terminals once it's open. It there a way I could dump only the cpu useage ...
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Kill the process and restart server when memory is exceeded - bash and cron

I have a site on webfaction, using django and python. However, I have problem with memory. The problem arises, because I use external library, that can run forever (consuming much time and memory). ...
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Isolating some CPU cores reduce average CPU usage of game servers

Hardware: FX8320 (8 cores) @ 4.4GHz, 16GB I run 10 TF2 game servers. Few days ago I isolated some CPU cores with line in linux grub config: isolcpus=5-7 The strange thing - individual CPU cores ...
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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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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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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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Prevent Java to escalate CPU usage on Slackware64?

I use Slackware64-current on my work laptop and though I love running Slackware, sometimes it hangs on me near to the point of starting considering falling back to Windows. I develop on Java and use ...