Dual core CPU's, but only 2 CPU's in-use?
tigger at lvlworld.com
Mon Feb 25 10:00:18 UTC 2008
On Sun, 24 Feb 2008 15:59:49 +0100
Kris Kennaway <kris at FreeBSD.org> wrote:
> Tigger wrote:
> > On Sun, 24 Feb 2008 12:46:23 +0100
> > Dominic Fandrey <kamikaze at bsdforen.de> wrote:
> >> Tigger wrote:
> >>> Hello. I have a Xeon system with 2 CPU's installed (dual-cores).
> >>> Under FreeBSD 6.2, a systat reported 4 CPUs in use and so did
> >>> dmesg.
> >>> Under FreeBSD 6.3, dmesg is reporting the 4 CPUs, but systat is
> >>> only reporting 2 CPUs (CPU 0 and CPU 2).
> >>> How do I enabled the second cores on the CPU's or are they really
> >>> running but systat is not reporting the CPU load across the cores?
> >> You can run 'top -S' to check how many idle processes exist. If
> >> there are four, everything is fine.
> > Sadly, no luck. Only cpu0 and cpu2 are reported:
> > PID USERNAME THR PRI NICE SIZE RES STATE C TIME WCPU
> > COMMAND 11 root 1 171 52 0K 8K CPU2 2 143:43
> > 92.38% idle: cpu2 13 root 1 171 52 0K 8K RUN 0
> > 142:33 92.04% idle: cpu0
> Are your CPUs really dual-core, or single core + hyperthreaded?
Thank you! Your email sent me off to do what I should have done first -
some research. I assumed (wrongly) that 'Logical CPUs per core: 2'
meant 'Dual Core', and when I saw the following:
FreeBSD/SMP: Multiprocessor System Detected: 4 CPUs
cpu0 (BSP): APIC ID: 0
cpu1 (AP): APIC ID: 1
cpu2 (AP): APIC ID: 6
cpu3 (AP): APIC ID: 7
I also thought 'Dual Core', however this is not the case. The CPU's
are single core with Hyper Threading Tech.
But this research has also lead to some confusion. Its clear there are
2 CPU with 2 Logical cores each, but only 2 cores are in use - why?
Also, the 'man (4) smp' talks about (possible) performance issues with
Hyper Threading enabled - does this mean I should set
'machdep.hlt_logical_cpus 1' (it is currently set to 0) - or because the
Logical Cores are not being used I can forget about this?
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