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How to bind a node to a specific cpu core?

asked 2015-02-09 00:25:39 -0500

ZiyangLI gravatar image

Dear all,

I am tyring to run a node with a specific cpu core but have no idea how to do that.

What's more, I also want to specify the cpu core of callback functions. I know I can use asynchronous spinner to control the number of threads, but it seems there is no way to manually set which core the thread uses.

Look forward to any help!


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answered 2015-02-09 01:37:48 -0500

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updated 2015-02-09 01:46:19 -0500

Without being able to get access to the underlying threads, I think it will be difficult (impossible) to do for individual threads, but for entire processes this should be doable using taskset and a launch-prefix (taskset is from the util-linux package on Debian/Ubuntu).

Something like launch-prefix="taskset -c 1" added to a node element in a launch file should work (I haven't tested it though). That binds the node to cpu 2.

Note that according to man/1/taskset, your user needs to have CAP_SYS_NICE.

Note also that the taskset approach is not ROS specific. The launch-prefix is ROS specific (see roslaunch/XML/node - Attributes).

Final note: the fact that you've bound task X to cpu Y does not mean that other tasks cannot be run on cpu Y, obviously.

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taskset 1 (without the -c) worked for me in Ubuntu 18.04

lucasw gravatar image lucasw  ( 2020-01-02 17:44:54 -0500 )edit

The -c option is slightly more specific and supports "list format" (which is convenient when working with a (highly) multi-core CPU):

-c, --cpu-list          display and specify cpus in list format

Without -c, taskset will also work, but doesn't support lists.

It's the same on all versions of Ubuntu afaik.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2020-01-03 06:15:47 -0500 )edit

I tested both the list and mask cpu setting as a launch-prefix in melodic and they work

lucasw gravatar image lucasw  ( 2020-01-03 07:18:14 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-02-09 02:22:50 -0500

See also the RT-PREEMPT Wiki on the Cpuset management utility which would be helpful if you're really serious about explicitly specifying what runs on which core. It should be noted that a plain Linux Kernel and plain ROS are probably not the right toosl for the job if you're looking for short deadlines and hard real-time guarantees, however.

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