Viewing processor information
A processor information object in BMC Discovery represents a processor in a host.
To view a processor information page
From a host node, click one of the links in the Processor Information field. The Processor Information page displays.
The name of the processor which is generated from collected data and the name of Host.
The processor vendor. This value is normalized from the collected data. For example, "INTEL", "Intel" and "Intel Corp" will all be reported as "Intel Corporation".
The processor type. This value is normalized from the collected data.
The processor speed, in MHz.
Number of Cores
The total number of cores in the processor.
Number of Sockets
The number of sockets used by the processor.
Cores per Socket
The number of cores per socket, as reported by the operating system.
Threads per Core
The number of threads per core, as reported by the operating system.
Cores per Socket (from Specs)
The number of cores per socket, taken from the manufacturer's specification.
Threads per Core (from Specs)
The number of threads per core, taken from the manufacturer's specification.
The host containing the processor.
Example: VIRTUAL processor information
In this example, VMware is providing a virtual Xeon E5620 processor to the machine. The 4 logical processors come from the 4 single-threaded cores but a real E5620 has 2 threads per core (as per the specification). Also, the number of sockets reported by the operating system is inaccurate (It is 4 but should be 1). This is typical of hypervisors, which often make no difference between physical processors, cores, and threads. However, cores and threads have little real meaning for virtual processors as they are being emulated and do not really reflect the real physical processors.
Example: PARTIAL processor information
In this example, a Solaris Zone has been allocated one logical processor from the real physical processor. A real Xeon E5620 has 8 logical processors (4 cores, 2 threads) but this zone only has access to one of them. This is different from the virtual processor example above, as the partial processor represents part of a physical processor. As with the virtual example, values like the number of sockets are not entirely accurate but values for cores and threads do not reflect the real capabilities of the physical hardware.
Example: NOT_PHYSICAL processor information
In this example, we cannot determine if the machine is virtual or partitioned but we can tell that the processor is not real physical hardware, based on the values reported. In this case, the processor is reported as NOT_PHYSICAL. Like VIRTUAL and PARTIAL, the values for cores and threads do not reflect the real capabilities of the physical hardware.