How process CPU percentage is calculated?

Yuri yuri at
Tue Jan 6 23:53:37 PST 2009

I have a process that is CPU intense.
'top -C' shows CPU usage for this process no higher than 20%, more like 
But TIME field grows 10 sec for every 15-17 secs or real time.

top(1) says: Each time -C flag is passed it  toggles between  "raw  
cpu"  mode  and  "weighted cpu" mode

So I am looking at "raw cpu". With 15-18% CPU every second of process 
TIME should correspond to ~6secs of real time, and in my case it's only 
~1.6sec of real time.

Why CPU field is so low?


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