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Get the Most Out of Your Multicore Processor

Sep 14, 2009, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Akkana Peck)

"To find out how fully your CPU cores are being used, you have a choice of several performance monitors.

"gnome-system-monitor is the easiest to use (Figure 1). The Resources tab shows you a running graph of all your CPUs as well as details on your memory and network use.

"Conky (Figure 2) is an alternative that's very popular with the "lightweight desktop" crowd. It can monitor nearly anything, and you can even set it up to display graphs on a transparent background so they look like they're part of your wallpaper.

"Unfortunately, by default conky doesn't show each CPU separately, and it's a bit tricky to configure. Here's a minimal .conkyrc to show two cores. If you prefer a transparent background, remove the first line."

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