How can this 'top' command output make sense? Load over 7 and total CPU use ~5%

Peter Boosten peter at
Mon May 25 19:42:46 UTC 2009

On 25 mei 2009, at 21:37, Wojciech Puchar wrote:

>> The CPU = "Central Processing Unit" will perform it's calculations  
>> at so many megahertz while at 10% utilization or at 100%  
>> utilization. The entire machine
> no. it will not. all today x86 CPUs reacts on HLT command and  
> doesn't do anything except waiting for interrupt (and saving lots of  
> power).

Do you actually read back what you write: you're saying here that when  
a CPU has only 10% utilization, it'll run slower than when performing  
at 100%...

I'm giving up ;-)



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