process} takes to run, given

that it has exclusive and uninterrupted use of the CPU. Note that in a modern computer, this would be very unusual, and so the processor time calculation for most processes involves adding up all the small amounts of time the CPU actually spends on the process.

Some systems break processor time down into user time and system time.

Compare wall clock time.

Last updated: 1998-03-13

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, the extra time spent onprocess} takes to run, given for most processes

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