Administering Resource Management in Oracle® Solaris 11.2

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Updated: July 2014

CPU Shares Configuration

The configuration of CPU shares is managed by the name service as a property of the project database.

When the first task (or process) that is associated with a project is created through the setproject(3PROJECT) library function, the number of CPU shares defined as resource control project.cpu-shares in the project database is passed to the kernel. A project that does not have the project.cpu-shares resource control defined is assigned one share.

In the following example, this entry in the /etc/project file sets the number of shares for project x-files to 5:


If you alter the number of CPU shares allocated to a project in the database when processes are already running, the number of shares for that project will not be modified at that point. The project must be restarted for the change to become effective.

If you want to temporarily change the number of shares assigned to a project without altering the project's attributes in the project database, use the prctl command. For example, to change the value of project x-files's project.cpu-shares resource control to 3 while processes associated with that project are running, type the following:

# prctl -r -n project.cpu-shares -v 3 -i project x-files

See the prctl(1) man page for more information.


Replaces the current value for the named resource control.

–n name

Specifies the name of the resource control.

–v val

Specifies the value for the resource control.

–i idtype

Specifies the ID type of the next argument.


Specifies the object of the change. In this instance, project x-files is the object.

Project system with project ID 0 includes all system daemons that are started by the boot-time initialization scripts. system can be viewed as a project with an unlimited number of shares. This means that system is always scheduled first, regardless of how many shares have been given to other projects. If you do not want the system project to have unlimited shares, you can specify a number of shares for this project in the project database.

As stated previously, processes that belong to projects with zero shares are always given zero system priority. Projects with one or more shares are running with priorities one and higher. Thus, projects with zero shares are only scheduled when CPU resources are available that are not requested by a nonzero share project.

The maximum number of shares that can be assigned to one project is 65535.