What Do the MP CPU Usage Values Mean?

What Do the MP CPU Usage Values Mean?

Created On 09/25/18 19:10 PM - Last Modified 06/15/23 21:47 PM


  • Any PAN-OS.
  • Palo Alto Firewall.



Run the following CLI command:

> show system resources


Cpu(s): 28.9%us, 16.0%sy, 4.9%ni, 48.9%id, 0.8%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.5%si, 0.0%st



ususerPercentage of CPU time running user-initiated programs, such as  running queries and reports
sysystemPercentage of CPU time running system-initiated programs, kernel processes
ninicePercentage of CPU time running nice-level programs that control priorities in the kernel's scheduler
ididlePercentage of CPU time that the system has no outstanding disk I/O request
waiowaitPercentage of CPU time that the system has outstanding disk I/O requests
hihardware interruptPercentage of CPU time running hardware interrupt requests
sisoftware interruptPercentage of CPU time running software interrupt requests
ststealInvoluntary wait by virtual CPU while hypervisor is servicing another


Note:  Running the command show system resources follow will refresh the output every second showing how the cpu levels change. Press “q” to quit out of the command.

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