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I'm working on a shared linux machine with multicores where I do have admin rights. Is it possible to freeze all the processes of other users (or give them less priority to access to the CPUs) so that I can leverage all the machine computing power?

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Doesn't sound like a nice thing to do....kinda destroys the word "shared" – Moab Jun 3 '12 at 23:48
Why so many downvotes? I see this as important system management option and of course server admin decides what user can do and how much they are allowed to consume resources. I can say that it is possible and you can give only specific cores to specific users/groups but i dont have time to dig it up just now (hint: look for kernel modules for this), however if I'll find some spare time I will add details here if still needed. – Sampo Sarrala Jun 4 '12 at 0:15
The title is unfortunate. – Xavierjazz Jun 4 '12 at 0:51
Thanks @SampoSarrala for understanding the importance of this question. To the others, I apologize for the unfortunate title (which I slightly changed). – Luca Fiaschi Aug 7 '13 at 7:07
up vote 3 down vote accepted

It's unclear what you mean by steal cores; however, if your process isn't very nice, then the linux scheduler will give your application more computing time on the cores. Do you really have a threaded / multiprocessing application that can leverage more than one core at once?

Syntax (as root):

nice -n -19 <cmd and args>

Another option is cpulimit. This could be used per-process to slow something down.

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Thanks this is exactly what I meant – Luca Fiaschi Aug 7 '13 at 6:58

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