lscpu gathers CPU architecture information from sysfs, /proc/cpuinfo and any applicable architecture-specific libraries (e.g. librtas on Powerpc). The command output can be optimized for parsing or for easy readability by humans. The information includes, for example, the number of CPUs, threads, cores, sockets, and Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) nodes. There is also information about the CPU caches and cache sharing, family, model, bogoMIPS, byte order, and stepping.
In virtualized environments, the CPU architecture information displayed reflects the configuration of the guest operating system which is typically different from the physical (host) system. On architectures that support retrieving physical topology information, lscpu also displays the number of physical sockets, chips, cores in the host system.
Options that result in an output table have a list argument. Use this argument to customize the command output. Specify a comma-separated list of column labels to limit the output table to only the specified columns, arranged in the specified order. See COLUMNS for a list of valid column labels. The column labels are not case sensitive.
Not all columns are supported on all architectures. If an unsupported column is specified, lscpu prints the column but does not provide any data for it.
Note that topology elements (core, socket, etc.) use a sequential unique ID starting from zero, but CPU logical numbers follow the kernel where there is no guarantee of sequential numbering.
- The logical CPU number of a CPU as used by the Linux kernel.
- The logical core number. A core can contain several CPUs.
- The logical socket number. A socket can contain several cores.
- The logical book number. A book can contain several sockets.
- The logical drawer number. A drawer can contain several books.
- The logical NUMA node number. A node can contain several drawers.
- Information about how caches are shared between CPUs.
- The physical address of a CPU.
- Indicator that shows whether the Linux instance currently makes use of the CPU.
- Indicator that shows if the hypervisor has allocated the CPU to the virtual hardware on which the Linux instance runs. CPUs that are configured can be set online by the Linux instance. This column contains data only if your hardware system and hypervisor support dynamic CPU resource allocation.
- This column contains data for Linux instances that run on virtual hardware with a hypervisor that can switch the CPU dispatching mode (polarization). The polarization can be:
- The workload is spread across all available CPUs.
- The workload is concentrated on few CPUs.
For vertical polarization, the column also shows the degree of concentration, high, medium, or low. This column contains data only if your hardware system and hypervisor support CPU polarization.
- Maximum megahertz value for the CPU. Useful when lscpu is used as hardware inventory information gathering tool. Notice that the megahertz value is dynamic, and driven by CPU governor depending on current resource need.
- Minimum megahertz value for the CPU.
The basic overview of CPU family, model, etc. is always based on the first CPU only.
Sometimes in Xen Dom0 the kernel reports wrong data.
On virtual hardware the number of cores per socket, etc. can be wrong.