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RHEL not recognizing dual core CPU's


RHEL not recognizing dual core CPU's

Hi Folks,

We have installed RHEL 5.2 on HP rx6600. cat /proc/cpuinfo command says that there are 4 processor. But these processor are dual cores. So totally there are 8 cores.

What command in Linux will tell us that the total number of cores in then system is 8?

Correct answer will be awarded full points.

Ivan Ferreira
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Re: RHEL not recognizing dual core CPU's

Can you please post the ouput of:

uname -r
cat /proc/cmdline

Have you started with an SMP kernel enabled?
Por que hacerlo dificil si es posible hacerlo facil? - Why do it the hard way, when you can do it the easy way?
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Re: RHEL not recognizing dual core CPU's

I think you're a bit hasty in assuming that Linux does not detect the number of cores correctly.


Unless you're running RHEL 5 Advanced Platform, the problem is the number of physical CPUs. To support more than 2 physical CPU sockets, Advanced Platform version is mandatory.

2 physical CPUs allowed x 2 cores each = 4 CPU cores total available to the OS and applications.

Check the system boot messages. If they scrolled by too fast, run "dmesg | less". You may find that the kernel is trying to tell you exactly what the problem is.

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Re: RHEL not recognizing dual core CPU's

Only Redhat Linux Advanced Server (RHEL AS) supports more than 2 sockets regardless of the number of cores.

That is why we all wait for the Octo-Core Nehalems.

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