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dTd 05-31-2011 09:39 PM

kworker amok
wtf is kworker and why is it running 9 processes on my box now?

368 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:1]
816 ? S 0:00 [kworker/u:6]
817 ? S 0:00 [kworker/u:7]
2098 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:6]
2538 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:0]
3006 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:5]
3177 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:4]
3571 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:3]
3695 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:2]

Linux dtd #1 SMP Sat May 21 20:29:12 CDT 2011 i686 AMD Athlon(tm) Processor LE-1640 AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux

kgs 05-31-2011 10:56 PM

Oh my God! The same thing is happening to me! I'm killing them all as we speak! We're being overrun!

EDIT: Actually... I think this just might be normal.

disturbed1 05-31-2011 11:55 PM

kworker is a Kernel process.

You can read the Kernel documentation for workqueue.txt if you need more info.

archtoad6 06-01-2011 10:38 AM


What ver. of Slack are you running & which desktop?


What kind of "Kernel process" is kworker, i.e. what does it do?
Where can OP find workqueue.txt?

ponce 06-01-2011 10:54 AM


dE_logics 06-01-2011 08:38 PM

Killing this process is stupidity... actually I think you can't kill it -

pgrep kworker

Notice, Linux (or in general Unix) is NOT windows... it has a lot of low negligible memory consuming processes, and shows them all unlike windows which hides 90% of the system processes.

dTd 06-02-2011 03:47 AM

I don't have a problem with them, and haven't tried to kill any of them :P I was just wondering... thanks for the explanation.

Ender1 04-24-2012 01:19 PM

I had same the problem kworker going mad. I have been messing around with BIOS setting (overclocking), then Kworker started using 100% on core 0. Cleared the BIOS by taking out battery and replacing it, this stopped the Kworker problem for me.

tashi_mirmont 02-18-2013 09:15 AM

Did not solve that problem!
... hew, I'm feeling sorry about it, but I red your explanations and didn't manage to solve that trouble on my computer! :'(
Still presently, some kworker/0:x processes are using a lot of my CPU power, around 70/80%, and I can't understand the way to solve it...

May someone please explain it to me?

Bazzaah 02-18-2013 09:46 AM

you might find some clues here - your problem could well be related to the kernel you're running.

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