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NAME

       cpuid - x86 CPUID access device

DESCRIPTION

       CPUID provides an interface for querying information about the x86 CPU.

       This  device  is  accessed  by  lseek  (2) or pread (2) to the appropriate CPUID level and
       reading in chunks of 16 bytes.  A larger read size means  multiple  reads  of  consecutive
       levels.

       The lower 32 bits of the file position is used as the incoming %eax, and the upper 32 bits
       of the file position as the incoming %ecx, the latter intended for "counting"  eax  levels
       like eax=4.

       This  driver  uses  /dev/cpu/CPUNUM/cpuid, where CPUNUM is the minor number, and on an SMP
       box will direct the access to CPU CPUNUM as listed in /proc/cpuinfo.

       This file is protected so that it can only be read by the user root,  or  members  of  the
       group root.

NOTES

       The  CPUID  instruction  can  be  directly  executed  by a program using inline assembler.
       However this device  allows  convenient  access  to  all  CPUs  without  changing  process
       affinity.

       Most  of  the  information  in  cpuid  is  reported by the kernel in cooked form either in
       /proc/cpuinfo or through subdirectories in /sys/devices/system/cpu.  Direct  CPUID  access
       through this device should only be used in exceptional cases.

       The  cpuid  driver  is  not  auto-loaded.   On  modular  kernels you might need to use the
       following command to load it explicitly before use:

            $ modprobe cpuid

       There is no support for CPUID functions that require additional input registers.

       Very old x86 CPUs don't support CPUID.

SEE ALSO

       Intel Corporation, Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 2A:
       Instruction Set Reference, A-M, 3-180 CPUID reference.

       Intel  Corporation,  Intel Processor Identification and the CPUID Instruction, Application
       note 485.

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