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SubjectRe: CPU Utilization
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Followup to:  <199606281942.VAA19665@informatik.uni-koblenz.de>
By author: Systemkennung Linux <linux@mailhost.uni-koblenz.de>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> Hi,
>
> > What's the best way to get the instantaneous CPU utilization? I am
> > trying to build-a-better-CPUMeter and I want a routine I can call about 4
> > times per second with little CPU overhead...
>
> Under Linux you can use the values in /proc/uptime. The first of the
> numbers is the number of seconds since the system was rebooted, the second
> the number of seconds idle time that were burned in the swapper process.
> It should be obvious how to compute the CPU usage % from these numbers.
>
> Or use the numbers from /proc/loadavg if they should fit your purpose
> better.
>
> It isn't really required to measure the CPU usage yourself unless you want
> to port this program to non-Linux operating systems which apparently still
> exist :-)
>

The *instantaneous* CPU usage, when measured, is always 100% since
your measuring process is obviously running at that time, the CPU is
being utilized... hence, it is a useless metric, and the reason a
decaying average is used instead.

-hpa

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