> I've been testing the times() function and I can't understand in what
> way is the ticking being incremented for system time measurement
> (tms_stime). I understand that tms_utime gives the ticking related to
> the process and what does tms_stime gives?
tms_utime is the amount of CPU time spent executing user-space code
(i.e. the executable and shared libraries), while tms_stime is the
amount of CPU time spent in the kernel.
> In 5 minutes the process gives 10000 ticks, so if the OS supports a
> maximum of 32758 process identifiers this gives us a 30% of load.
> Is my thinking right or am I missing something else?
The number of PIDs doesn't come into it.
times() reports the CPU time used by a single process.
If sysconf(_SC_CLK_TCK) is 100, then 5 minutes is 5*60*100 = 30000
ticks, so 10000 ticks corresponds to 33% of the CPU time being used by
Also, note that 100% correponds to full utilisation of a single CPU.
If you have multiple CPUs (a single CPU chip with multiple cores is
treated as multiple CPUs), a multi-threaded process can exceed 100%