cpuspeed

CPUSPEED(8)                     Program Options                    CPUSPEED(8)



NAME
       cpuspeed - user-space cpu frequency scaling program, v1.5.1

SYNOPSIS
       cpuspeed [Options]

DESCRIPTION
       cpuspeed v1.5.1

       This program monitors the system's idle percentage and reduces or
       raises the CPUs' clock speeds and voltages accordingly to minimize
       power consumption when idle and maximize performance when needed.  This
       is the default.

       The program may also optionally be configured to reduce the CPUs' clock
       speeds if the temperature gets too high, NOT minimize their speeds if
       the computer's AC adapter is disconnected or maximize their speeds when
       the AC adapter is connected.

       By default this program will manage every CPU found in the system.

              Options:

       -d

              Tells the process to daemonize itself (run in background).

       -i <interval>

              Sets the interval between idle percentage tests and possible
              speed changes in tenths of a second (default is 20).

       -p <fast up> <threshold>

              Sets the CPU core idle percentage thresholds. <fast up> is the
              idle percentage below which a CPU core will be set to the
              highest possible speed.  <threshold> is the idle percentage
              above which a CPU core's speed will be decreased and below which
              a CPU core's speed will be increased (defaults are 10 and 25).

       -m <minimum speed>

              Sets the minimum speed in KHz below which a CPU core will not be
              set.

       -M <maximum speed>

              Sets the maximum speed in KHz above which a CPU core will not be
              set.

       -n

              Do not treat niced programs as idle time.

       -w

              Do not treat time waiting for IO as idle time.

       -t <temp file> <maxtemp>

              Sets the ACPI temperature file and the temperature at which CPUs
              will be set to minimum speed.

       -T <interval>

              Sets the interval at which the temperature will be polled in
              tenths of a second (default is 10).  (Requires the '-t' option
              above.)

       -a <AC file>

              Sets the ACPI AC adapter state file and tells the program to set
              the CPUs to minimum speed when the AC adapter is disconnected.
              (This is the default but is changeable by the '-D' option
              below).

       -A <interval>

              Sets the interval at which the AC adapter state will be polled
              in tenths  of a second (default is 50).  (Requires the '-a'
              option above.)

       -C

              Run at maximum speed when AC adapter is connected.  (Requires
              the '-a' option above.)

       -D

              Do NOT force minimum speed when AC adapter is disconnected.
              (Requires the '-a' option above.)

       -r

              Restores previous speed on program exit.

       -S <CPU core 1> [[<CPU core 2>] ...]

              Manage only a single group of CPU cores.  All of the specified
              cores will controlled as a single group (locked to the same
              speed) and are in the range 0 to n-1 where 'n' is the total
              number of CPU cores in the system.  Note that when specifying
              multiple cores the list must be enclosed in quotes.  Without
              this option the program creates copies of itself to manage every
              core of every CPU in the system and automatically determines
              core groups. If you are running on an old kernel and get an
              error message about not being able to open an "affected_cpus"
              file then you must run this program separately for each group of
              cores that must be controlled together (which probably means for
              each physical CPU) and use this option.

   Notes:
       To have a CPU core stay at the highest clock speed to maximize
       performance send the process controlling that CPU core the SIGUSR1
       signal.

       To have a CPU core stay at the lowest clock speed to maximize battery
       life send the process controlling that CPU core the SIGUSR2 signal.

       To resume having a CPU core's clock speed dynamically scaled send the
       process controlling that CPU core the SIGHUP signal.

       Many modern Linux systems support in-kernel cpu frequency scaling. The
       cpuspeed daemon only works in conjunction with the 'userspace'
       frequency scaling governor. Other governors, such as 'ondemand' and
       'conservative', rely on the Linux kernel to adjust cpu frequencies on
       the fly without the need of any user-space assistance, such as that
       provided by cpuspeed.

       Red Hat and Fedora distributions employ a unified configuration file
       for both scenarios, as well as a cpuspeed init script that will
       configure either cpuspeed or in-kernel cpu frequency scaling, as
       appropriate.

FILES
       /etc/sysconfig/cpuspeed, configuration file
       /etc/init.d/cpuspeed, initialzation script
       /usr/sbin/cpuspeed, cpuspeed program

SEE ALSO
       The CPUSpeed web page:
          http://carlthompson.net/Software/CPUSpeed

LICENSE
       CPUSpeed is released under the GNU General Public License version 2 (or
       if you wish any later version). This license allows you to use, copy,
       distribute and modify the software with very few restrictions. The full
       text of the license may be found here:
         http://carlthompson.net/Software/CPUSpeed/License

AUTHOR(S):
       CPUSpeed daemon, original init script and configuration file:
              Carl Thompson - cet [at] carlthompson.net
                  (copyright 2002 - 2008)

       Modernized init script, configuration file and man page:
              Dave Jones - davej [at] redhat.com
              Michal Jaegermann - michal [at] harddata.com
              Jarod Wilson - jwilson [at] redhat.com



cpuspeed v1.5.1                October 08, 2008                    CPUSPEED(8)