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SubjectRe: Decreasing stime running confuses top (was: top displaying 9999% CPU usage)
On Wed, Oct 03, 2007 at 09:27:41PM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Wednesday 03 October 2007, you wrote:
> > On Wed, 3 Oct 2007, Ilpo Järvinen wrote:
> > > On Wed, 3 Oct 2007, Frans Pop wrote:
> > > > The only change is in 2 consecutive columns: "2911 502" -> "2912
> > > > 500". Is processor usage calculated from those? Can someone explain
> > > > how?
> > >
> > > The latter seems to be utime ...decreasing. No wonder if arithmetics
> > > will give strange results (probably top is using unsigned delta?)...
> >
> > Hmm, minor miscounting from my side, stime seems more appropriate...
>
> Here is a series showing utime and stime for kontact over 2 minutes.
>
> Values were obtained using (identical values removed):
> $ while true; do awk '{print $14" "$15}' /proc/5269/stat; sleep 1; done | ts
>
> Oct 03 21:17:12 12220 1593
> Oct 03 21:17:18 12221 1594
> Oct 03 21:17:26 12222 1593 <--
> Oct 03 21:17:34 12223 1594
> Oct 03 21:17:43 12224 1594
> Oct 03 21:17:51 12224 1595
> Oct 03 21:17:59 12225 1596
> Oct 03 21:18:07 12226 1595 <--
> Oct 03 21:18:15 12227 1596
> Oct 03 21:18:18 12228 1596
> Oct 03 21:18:22 12229 1595 <--
> Oct 03 21:18:31 12230 1596
> Oct 03 21:18:39 12230 1597
> Oct 03 21:18:44 12231 1597
> Oct 03 21:18:48 12232 1596 <--
> Oct 03 21:18:56 12233 1597
> Oct 03 21:19:04 12234 1596 <--
> Oct 03 21:19:11 12235 1597
>
> So, is it normal that stime decreases sometimes or a kernel bug?
> /me expects the last...

Let me guess... Dual core AMD64 ?

I'm 99.99% sure that if you boot with "notsc", the problem disappears. If
so, you have one of those wonderful AMD64 with unsynced clock and without
HPET to sync with. I wrote a simple program in the past to exhibit the
problem. It would bsimply run "date +%s" in a busy loops and display each
time it would change. Amazing. It could jump back and forth by up to 3
seconds!

Basically, it looked like this :

old=$(date +%s)
while : ; do
x=$(date +%s)
if [ $x != $old ]; then
echo "$old -> $x"
old=$x
fi
done

Regards,
Willy

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