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Author Topic: What are Bogomips?  (Read 2469 times)


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What are Bogomips?
« on: May 25, 2009, 06:54:03 pm »

When my computer boots up, right before it goes to the login screen, it shows some system information. kernel version, processor, build date... And part of what it shows is "1701.28 Bogomips Total". What are Bogomips? The whole thing can be shown by "cat /etc/issue"
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Re: What are Bogomips?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2009, 08:22:13 pm »

Google is your friend.<g> Here is the definition from Wikipedia:
BogoMips (from "bogus" and MIPS) is an unscientific measurement of CPU speed made by the Linux kernel when it boots, to calibrate an internal busy-loop.[1] An oft-quoted definition of the term is "the number of million times per second a processor can do absolutely nothing."[2][3] [plus a lot more]

And from
Bogomips is a measurement provided in the Linux operating system that indicates in a relative way how fast the computer processor runs. [also a fair amount more]

Searching on
will turn up more than you want to know.<g>
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