The amount of processing units of the CPU used to execute a task and how long it takes.

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“Peaky” CPU Usage on Domain Controllers

We have two Windows Server 2008 SP2 (sadly not 2008 R2) Domain Controllers in a small 150 client domain that are exhibiting very "peaky" CPU usage. The Domain Controllers both exhibit the same ...
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Is there a Windows equivalent of Unix 'CPU steal time'?

In order to assess performance monitoring accuracy on virtualization platforms, the CPU steal time has become an increasingly relevant metric - see EC2 monitoring: the case of stolen CPU for an ...
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What does 'nice' mean on CPU utilization graphs?

On Ubuntu server load graphs I see 4 types of CPU consumption: User, System, Nice and Idle. What does Nice type mean?
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How are CPU time and CPU usage the same?

In the Wikipedia page for CPU time, it says The CPU time is measured in clock ticks or seconds. Often, it is useful to measure CPU time as a percentage of the CPU's capacity, which is called ...
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Linux CPU usage and Process Execution History

Is there any way to see what process(es) caused the most CPU usage? I have AMAZON EC2 Linux which CPU utilization reaches 100 percent and make me to reboot the system. I cannot even login through SSH ...
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How often do you restart a heavily-utilized Windows Server 2008R2 Remote Desktop Server (VM)?

Note: I've read How Often Do Windows Servers Need to be Restarted? but this question pertains to our Remote Desktop server specifically. We have a Windows Server 2008R2 server - a VMware ESX VM - ...
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What does %st mean in top?

Here is an example from my top: Cpu(s): 6.0%us, 3.0%sy, 0.0%ni, 78.7%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.3%si, 12.0%st I am trying to figure out the significance of the %st field. I read that it means ...
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Why is 1 of my 24 CPUs Pegged at 100%?

I have an HP ProLiant DL380 G7 system using 2 6-core CPUs, with Hyper-threading enabled, for a total of 24 logical CPUs (as seen by Windows). When running our application, total system CPU ...
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High CPU utilization but low load average

We are running into a strange behavior where we see high CPU utilization but quite low load average. The behavior is best illustrated by the following graphs from our monitoring system. At about ...
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Is there a way to calculate the percentage CPU utilization by reading /proc/stat at once?

I guess the question is, could I somehow calculate the CPU utilization percentage just by reading the /proc/stat once? # head -1 /proc/stat cpu 67891300 39035 6949171 2849641614 118251644 365498 ...
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What creates CPU I/O wait but no disk operations?

I have CPU I/O wait steady around 50%, but when I run iostat 1 it shows little to no disk activity. What causes wait without iops? NOTE: There no NFS or FUSE filesystems here, but it is using Xen ...
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Kill process with high CPU usage after X time? [closed]

running linux i have a few processes which tend to crash occasionally (game servers), which end up using 100% cpu. I'm looking for a program or script to check the cpu usage of a list of processes by ...
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TrustedInstaller.exe takes a lot of CPU

Does anyone know how to fix issue with TrustedInstaller.exe when it takes a lot of CPU? Operating system: Windows 2008 x64 Windows' Modules Installer service is set to Manual.
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check history of cpu/memory usage in ubuntu?

Is there a way for me to review cpu or memory usage on my ubuntu linux server? I've noticed my server (lamp set up) being slow at times, but by the time I log in as root and run a PS command, ...
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ps aux hanging on high cpu/IO with java processes

I'm having some issues with java process and nrpe checks. We have some processes that sometimes use 1000% cpu on a 32 core system. The system is pretty responsive until you do a ps aux or try to ...
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How to monitor CPU usage and performance on a Hyper-V server with several VM's

I have a server that is running Windows 2008 64 bit Hyper-V, with 8 gigs of RAM and Intel Xeon X3440 @ 2.53 Ghz, which gives me 8 logical cores in the performance monitor on the host system. I have ...
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Why is my router CPU at 40% when no processes use more than 2%?

I have a problem, I have a Cisco 1841 running Cisco IOS 15, and I get strange behavior. The CPU usage is shown as 40%, but there is no processes that is using this much CPU power. Here is an example:...
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Why is idle windows VM using so much CPU?

I have 2 VMs running as guests on a KVM virtualization platform running on Ubuntu 10.04. One VM is an Ubuntu 10.04 system, the other is a Windows 7 system. When both machines are completely logged ...
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Prioritise ssh logins (nice)

Is there a preferred way to set "nice" for sshd? I need priority given to sshd such that I can login and easily fix stuff when something has gone wrong (eg DoS, badly behaved processes, etc)
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IIS App Pool High CPU usage despite no requests

I have recently migrated a set of Windows Server 2008 R2 / IIS 7.5 servers to new servers running Windows Server 2012 / IIS 8. I am experiencing some odd behavior from IIS. We have 2 identical ...
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How can a Perfmon “% Processor Time” counter be over 100%?

The counter, Process(sqlservr)\% Processor Time, is hovering around 300% on one of my database servers. This counter reflects the percent of total time SQL Server spent running on CPU (user mode + ...
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When is sustained 100% CPU utilization not a worry?

Please help refine a discussion going on in our shop. Consider the following scenario. There is a Microsoft VPC running several apps and services (Windows 2003 server). The server has two or three ...
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CPU overloaded but no proccess is using more than 1% [duplicate]

I am monitoring a Cpanel (centos) server which have a 2-core CPU (4 virtual CPU cores) and it seems to be overloaded because I got this values using top: load average: 11.80, 13.30, 13.02 Cpu(s): 42....
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SQL Server suddenly using only a small portion of CPU

We've got a Windows 2008 R2 server running SQL Server 2008. All of a sudden, the SQLServer process is refusing to go above 20% CPU usage. As of last week, when running a heavy query against the db it ...
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Graphing per-user CPU usage on a Linux machine

I want to graph (graphical output would be great, i.e. a .png file) the following situation: I have users A, B, and C. I limit their resources so that when all users run a CPU intensive task at the ...
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Very uneven CPU utilization with SQL Server 2012 on 2 processor computer with 16 cores / processor

After installing SQL Server Enterprise 2012 with the Server + Cal license model, on a computer with 2 processors each with 16 cores (and no hyperthreading involved) and putting the server under ...
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vCPU performance between 1 or 2 vCPU's

Within virtualisation (Predominantly VMware) is there a performance advantage using either 1 CPU with 4 cores or 2 CPU's with 2 cores? Let's assume the application running on a VM can use two CPU's.
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cpufreq-info differs from /proc/cpuinfo?

I have a server and I want to ensure it's always running at maximum speed, never in energy-saving mode. I've tried a few strategies (aside from rebooting and changing the setting in the bios, which I ...
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Intermittent high CPU (100%) on production webserver

X-Post from StackOverflow: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9465123/intermittent-high-cpu-100-on-production-webserver We have a web cluster with 3 web-servers, each with 24 cores & 24GB mem. ...
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CPU allocation for VMs on ESXi

I'm a complete VMware know-nothing, but I recently set up 4 VMs on ESXi. 3 of the VMs are very non-resource-intensive (a lightly used file server, a lightly used domain domain controller, and a VMware ...
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How can I investigate sustained high CPU usage by Microsoft.Exchange.Rpc.ClientAccess.Service.exe?

One CAS server in our array has nearly 90% of its 4 CPUs used. The remaining CAS servers are at 30 percent. How should I investigate what is causing this increase? Below is a graph of: Six (6)...
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Erratic CPU usage by mscorsvw.exe (.NET Runtime Optimisation Service)

I have a Server 2008 R2 Terminal Server that's just been kinda sitting around for the last three months with very, very low usage (perhaps 1 user for an hour, once a day). All of a sudden, for no ...
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Random high CPU usage on Linux using Apache

I've recently had a bit of a strange problem with my web server. Over the last day or so the site seems to be slowing down somewhat at random intervals, we don't seem to be experiencing any major ...
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Does WMI cause CPU Creep?

I have a few servers, running Server 2003 Std/Ent and SQL 2000/2005, that I've noticed will start showing higher CPU usages over time. Stopping the WMI service and restarting it will always bring it ...
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Monitor and graph CPU usage per process and per thread

I need to monitor CPU usage by a given process and each of its threads. For each of them I want to have: average and maximum CPU usage percent, total CPU time used during the captured period, a ...
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Uneven CPU core utilization

tl;dr: First CPU core is consistently saturated, all other cores are consistently under-loaded. A VM, inside Ubuntu-based Xen XCP: $ uname -a Linux MYHOST 2.6.38-15-virtual #59-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr ...
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100% CPU when doing 4 or more concurrent requests with Magento

Currently I'm having trouble with a server running Magento, it's unbelievably slow. It's a VPS with a few Magento installations on it used for development, so I'm the only one using them. When I do 4 ...
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Windows Servers on ESXi 100% CPU at year rollover

We have a number of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 servers running on ESXi servers. At year end rollover 2014 to 2015 the CPUs go to 100% and the machines hang. The solution appears to be a hotfix (...
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CentOS - High CPU Usage at a particular time in the night

I have a CentOS-5 server that has very little load. A typical output of "sar" command shows like this: 02:20:01 PM CPU %user %nice %system %iowait %steal %idle 02:30:01 PM ...
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CPU% more than 100 in ps -aux

We use ps -aux to find out when tomcat process takes high CPU utilization, if that so we will send a alert to Group. But some times %CPU shows more than 100, but our application working fine. Is it ...
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What should I look for when monitoring an Amazon EC2 Micro Instance's CPU usage?

I'm using Monit to keep an eye on my Amazon EC2 Micro instances, but I'm a little confused about the Load Average CPU metrics because of the Micro instances' ability to use up to 2ECU for short times. ...
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Is EBS naturally CPU-hungry?

We have an m1.medium EC2 instance with a small (15G) EBS drive, running both Rails 3 and a PostgreSQL server. We've noticed CPU spikes at odd times, and finally realized that even simple, sustained ...
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How does a CPU ever go Idle enough to enter deeper C states?

Even if no user process is running, don't the kernel processes keep the CPU active enough so as to prevent it from entering a deeper C state like C1 or C2 ?
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Artificially burden the CPU

I'm looking for a command line application that will artificially burden the CPU. It needs to be better than just a busy loop. We're testing how the system holds up under heat stress and the CPU ...
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WHM/CPANEL - High cpu and memory usage from Analog Stats [closed]

A single process is taking 100% of the cpu and 70% of the memory and starts every day on different account; /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/bin/analog +CIMAGEDIR /images/ +CDOMAINSFILE /usr/local/cpanel/...
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How is load average related to CPU utilization?

I am facing a load average of > 3 since past 2 days. The CPU utilization is never above 40 % in all cases. Here are some screenshots of Server Density monitoring tool that I use. The process ...
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What's going on with my server? High load, lots of idle CPU time, low disk utilization

I run a web site and send a legitimate opt-in, daily email newsletter to subscribers. Both the web hosting and email sending are done by the same machine. I have about 100,000 subscribers who have ...
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How to interpret values of Perfmon counter Hyper-V Hypervisor Virtual processor\CPU Wait time per dispatch

So there is a lot of guidance on the web that advises tracking the values of the Perfmon counter Hyper-V Hypervisor Virtual processor\CPU Wait time per dispatch as the nearest Hyper-V equivalent of ...
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Growing OS cache in RAM causing high system CPU usage

Long question, so please bare with me: I'm having a weird issue with a server that I've never seen before. On a machine with ~30G of RAM with an application that takes ~10G (spread across hundreds of ...
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Artificially Generate CPU Steal

Anyone know of a good way to artificially generate CPU steal? I have some automation I want to test which is triggered by CPU Steal, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to force CPU Steal ...