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For monitoring CPU usage, there is top (well, I use htop). Is there a top-like utility for GPUs?

I have an ATI Radeon HD 4650 in a computer running Debian Squeeze (x86). Thing is, it's running headless, so I don't want a utility that requires X.

I've searched and only found nVidia stuff, and stuff that requires X.

I know lm_sensors can tell me the temperature, but I want to see the GPU usage.

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Out of curiosity, what's the impetus for looking at GPU load on a headless machine? Are you delegating non-graphical processing to the GPU? – asfallows Aug 15 '11 at 15:35
@asfallows: OpenCL apps. Such as Bitcoin mining. :-) – Rocket Hazmat Aug 15 '11 at 15:39
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Based on what I've found, there isn't already a tool like top or conky for GPU load, but for ATI cards, you can get a decent amount of information from aticonfig, and you can also add checks of that information to a conky config.

I found information that will probably be useful here. A help page for aticonfig can be found here.

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Thanks. I figured aticonfig could do it, but its got way too many options. – Rocket Hazmat Aug 15 '11 at 15:36

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