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%CPU over 100 in top under linux

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Hi,

I'm working on a multithreaded application, in C++, using the ACE framework for TCP and threads.

When used in certain conditions, the application can have up to 400 threads running. All those threads are running a loop with several operations and a sleep of 100 milliseconds.

When used in the worst conditions, top sometimes shows %CPU > 100 (up to 533).
I don't understand this result. Can someone explain how this is possible (how the %CPU is computed to get over 100%) ? Is related to the number of threads ?

Thanks
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please show me top output and
cat /proc/cpuinfo

I think you have multi processor (or multicore) system
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If You have 4 cores(cpus) You can reada 400% CPU time usage. And so on.
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