[RC5] Client not using all available idle cycles
BARNETTE JEFFREY D
JEFFBARN at LPFPO.kelly.af.mil
Tue Apr 21 02:41:27 EDT 1998
I'm sorry, but that doesn't make sense. WinTop shows approximately 0.3% of
processor cycles are being expended on WinTop itself. My "wasted" cycles
(11%) were going to the IDLE process, not to WinTop.
By the way, disabling Windows' power management solved the problem. IDLE
has dropped to less than 0.5% and the dist.net client is consistently in the
98.5% range when nothing else is running. Thanks to Joe Zbiciak for the
> -----Original Message-----
> From: R. Kelley Cook [SMTP:kcook at ibm.net]
> Sent: Monday, April 20, 1998 12:14 PM
> To: rc5 at llamas.net
> Subject: Re: [RC5] Client not using all available idle cycles
> On Thu, 16 Apr 1998 21:13:45 EDT, JDBarnette wrote:
> >This one has me puzzled. I have a P233MMX notebook computer running the
> >latest Win95 GUI client. At niceness levels 0 and 1, WinTop shows
> >approximately 11% of my cycles going to the IDLE process. Only at
> >level 2 does the IDLE level get down to less than 0.5%.
> >I've been running various Bovine clients since Jun '97 and haven't seen
> >on any of my other boxes. Any ideas?
> This is really quite simple. It is a reporting error.
> You shouldn't run Wintop (nor any other CPU monitor) at the same time
> as the Bovine client since Wintop is now in direct competition with it
> for your IDLE cycles which it is attempting to count. The only way
> Wintop can count the idle cycles is to actually run at IDLE priority,
> so when WinTOP is running there are NO Idle cycles -- any that are
> reported are really going to WinTop.
> Wintop just attempts to tell you how many there would be if it was not
> running. Unfortunately, it also is unable to count them accurately if
> there are any other idle processes running (ie Bovine).
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