[GRLUG] Burn up the CPU - NOT LINUX

Adam Tauno Williams awilliam at whitemice.org
Fri Dec 7 12:37:23 EST 2012

Bob Kline <bob.kline at gmail.com> wrote:
>On a scale of folklore to fact, is
>there anything to the notion that
>one can burn up a CPU by keeping
>it at full throttle for an extended
>Consider just nominal clock rates,
>not over clocking.
>e.g., if someone,  me for example,
>was to process SETI data 24/7, is
>the CPU likely to smoke?
>I can imagine that a particularly
>dusty CPU and cooling fin might
>pose issues.  Anything else?  Even

If your box is from the early Pentium Pro vintage than, yes, you can smoke it.  Pretty much impossible on anything newer - at least they will just turn off.

>Some motherboards have thermal
>protection of various kinds. Is there
>an open software package that can
>display where things are at? 

Yes,  this is supported out-of-the-box in most cases.  Usually managed by a package called lmsensors.  Most DE's have widgets for displaying this information - which on modern hardware is never worth the trouble of knowing.

Adam Tauno Williams, LPI1 / NCLA

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