I have an Orange Pi installed Armbian.

I find that when I use a CPU governor called schedutil a process called sugov:0 will exist in top. And the sugov:0 can spend about 13% CPU.

When I use the governor ondemand this process will not exist.

What's this process? enter image description here

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Sugov is a kernel thread used in ARM architecture as part of the scheduling governor.

the sugov kthread is a special RT task, which goal is just that to activate a frequency transition

As far as I can tell from the referenced documents the 13% CPU usage is a fake measurement and you needn't be worried about it.

It has a strange name so that grep can now easily find all its references in the kernel source without being overwhelmed by false matches.


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    SchedUling GOVernor. There was a proposed patch in 2017. Seems like it didnt make it into the kernel or the OP isnt up to date.
    – WGRM
    Mar 9, 2020 at 13:01
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    Thank you. I wasn't able to find out very much about it
    – roaima
    Mar 9, 2020 at 13:44

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