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Posted on 2008-10-23
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Hi experts,

I don't undertand why the top command shows different numbers. For example for user CPU. this is being shown for an 8 CPU (dual core machine)

So for the process it shows %CPU 27 and it also shows Cpu(s):  1.8% us, (please see below). Any ideas why two numbers and why such a huge difference.

Is the process running on one single CPU ????

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-bash-3.00$ top -p 32423
top - 11:56:02 up 35 days, 21:07,  7 users,  load average: 1.28, 1.23, 1.01
Tasks:   1 total,   0 running,   1 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
Cpu(s):  1.8% us,  1.5% sy,  0.0% ni, 96.6% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.1% si
Mem:  65393576k total, 26331960k used, 39061616k free,   582372k buffers
Swap: 10241428k total,        0k used, 10241428k free, 14301132k cached

  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND
32423 root      25   0 29.1g 9.9g  67m S   27 15.9 713:03.83 MSTRSvr

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With top running, hit the number 1 key. This will change the display to show individual stats for each CPU. I suspect your just seeing an aggregate value for all 8, but the process your looking for is using 27% of 1 CPU only.
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hfraser is correct.  You're seeing a collapsed (aggregate) count.  2 CPU's can handle 200%, 4 CPU's can handle 400%, etc; it's being adjusted to show it normalized to 100%.
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Thank you very much experts
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