There are 32 cores in a system (2 cpus each 16 cores) and I want to limit a user to use only 4 cores (100% usage for that 4 cores). There are two kernel parameter for that according to the manuals: cpu.cfs_quota_us and cpu.cfs_period_us

An example on the kernel.org document says:

   With 500ms period and 1000ms quota, the group
   can get 2 CPUs worth of runtime every 500ms.
   # echo 1000000 > cpu.cfs_quota_us /* quota = 1000ms */
   # echo 500000 > cpu.cfs_period_us /* period = 500ms */

I want to know how those ms are determined? In my case, I think the quota is 32000000 and the period is 4000000. Am I right? The content of etc/cgconfig.conf is:

group ansys {
  cpu {
    cpu.cfs_quota_us = 32000000;
    cpu.cfs_period_us = 4000000;
  memory {
    memory.limit_in_bytes = 8000m;

But it doesn't work! and I get an error when I run /etc.init.d.cgconfig start, I get this error:

Failed to parse /etc/cgconfig.conf or /etc/cgconfig.d
[FAILED]Starting cgconfig service: /sbin/cgconfigparser; error loading
/etc/cgconfig.conf: Failed to remove a non-empty group
  • I updated the post
    – mahmood
    Mar 22, 2016 at 14:29

1 Answer 1


Have a look at cpuset cgroup/container parameter. It lets you pin containers to specific cpu cores. In your case, you can specify only a single container to cores 0-3, and let no other container execute on the same core, there by allowing 4 cores with 100% utilization per container.

Furthermore cpuset is a more effective distribution mechanism when compared to cpu (that uses shares/quota).

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