GETCPU(2)                 Linux Programmer's Manual                GETCPU(2)

NAME         top

       getcpu  -  determine CPU and NUMA node on which the calling thread is

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <linux/getcpu.h>

       int getcpu(unsigned *cpu, unsigned *node, struct getcpu_cache *tcache);

       Note: There is no glibc wrapper for this system call; see NOTES.

DESCRIPTION         top

       The getcpu() system call identifies the processor and node on which
       the calling thread or process is currently running and writes them
       into the integers pointed to by the cpu and node arguments.  The
       processor is a unique small integer identifying a CPU.  The node is a
       unique small identifier identifying a NUMA node.  When either cpu or
       node is NULL nothing is written to the respective pointer.

       The third argument to this system call is nowadays unused, and should
       be specified as NULL unless portability to Linux 2.6.23 or earlier is
       required (see NOTES).

       The information placed in cpu is guaranteed to be current only at the
       time of the call: unless the CPU affinity has been fixed using
       sched_setaffinity(2), the kernel might change the CPU at any time.
       (Normally this does not happen because the scheduler tries to
       minimize movements between CPUs to keep caches hot, but it is
       possible.)  The caller must allow for the possibility that the
       information returned in cpu and node is no longer current by the time
       the call returns.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, 0 is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is
       set appropriately.

ERRORS         top

       EFAULT Arguments point outside the calling process's address space.

VERSIONS         top

       getcpu() was added in kernel 2.6.19 for x86_64 and i386.

CONFORMING TO         top

       getcpu() is Linux-specific.

NOTES         top

       Linux makes a best effort to make this call as fast as possible.  The
       intention of getcpu() is to allow programs to make optimizations with
       per-CPU data or for NUMA optimization.

       Glibc does not provide a wrapper for this system call; call it using
       syscall(2); or use sched_getcpu(3) instead.

       The tcache argument is unused since Linux 2.6.24.  In earlier
       kernels, if this argument was non-NULL, then it specified a pointer
       to a caller-allocated buffer in thread-local storage that was used to
       provide a caching mechanism for getcpu().  Use of the cache could
       speed getcpu() calls, at the cost that there was a very small chance
       that the returned information would be out of date.  The caching
       mechanism was considered to cause problems when migrating threads
       between CPUs, and so the argument is now ignored.

SEE ALSO         top

       mbind(2), sched_setaffinity(2), set_mempolicy(2), sched_getcpu(3),
       cpuset(7), vdso(7)

COLOPHON         top

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Linux                            2015-12-28                        GETCPU(2)