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Is there a particular formula to calculate the amount of cpu resources that is allocated for a process when you "nice" it?

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It depends on what scheduler you are using.

See for example

Also source code of Linux scheduler.

It's rather complicated by it's nature (trying to optimize CPU time, performance and responsiveness).

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Thanks for the links! –  Flint Feb 17 '11 at 21:03

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