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SubjectRe: CPU load
On Mon, 12 Feb 2007, Pavel Machek wrote:

> Hi!
>
>> The kernel looks at what is using cpu _only_ during the
>> timer
>> interrupt. Which means if your HZ is 1000 it looks at
>> what is running
>> at precisely the moment those 1000 timer ticks occur. It
>> is
>> theoretically possible using this measurement system to
>> use >99% cpu
>> and record 0 usage if you time your cpu usage properly.
>> It gets even
>> more inaccurate at lower HZ values for the same reason.
>
> I have (had?) code that 'exploits' this. I believe I could eat 90% of cpu
> without being noticed.

Slightly changed version of hog(around 3 lines in total changed) does that
easily on 2.6.18.3 on PPC.

http://www.boblycat.org/~malc/apc/load-hog-ppc.png

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vale
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