hwloc-bind man page

hwloc-bind — Launch a command that is bound to specific processors and/or memory, or consult the binding of an existing program


hwloc-bind [options] <location1> [<location2> [...] ] [--] <command> ...

Note that hwloc(7) provides a detailed explanation of the hwloc system and of valid <location> formats; it should be read before reading this man page.



Use following arguments for CPU binding (default).


Use following arguments for memory binding. If --mempolicy is not also given, the default policy is bind.

--mempolicy <policy>

Change the memory binding policy. The available policies are default, firsttouch, bind, interleave replicate and nexttouch. This option is only meaningful when an actual binding is also given with --membind. If --membind is given without --mempolicy, the default policy is bind.


Report the current bindings. The output is an opaque bitmask that may be translated into objects with hwloc-calc (see Examples below).


When a command is given, the binding is displayed before executing the command. When no command is given, the program exits after displaying the current binding.


When combined with --membind, report the memory binding instead of CPU binding.


No location may be given since no binding is performed.


Report binding as a NUMA memory node set instead of a CPU set if --get was given. This is useful for manipulating CPU-less NUMA nodes since their cpuset is empty while their nodeset is correct.


Also parse input bitmasks as nodesets instead of cpusets.

-e --get-last-cpu-location

Report the last processors where the process ran. The output is an opaque bitmask that may be translated into objects with hwloc-calc (see Examples below).


Note that the result may already be outdated when reported since the operating system may move the process to other processors at any time according to the binding.


When a command is given, the last processors is displayed before executing the command. When no command is given, the program exits after displaying the last processors.


This option cannot be combined with --membind.


No location may be given since no binding is performed.


Bind on a single CPU to prevent migration.


Require strict binding.

--pid <pid>

Operate on pid <pid>

--tid <tid>

Operate on thread <tid> instead of on an entire process. The feature is only supported on Linux for thread CPU binding, or for reporting the last processor where the thread ran if -e was also passed.

-p --physical

Interpret input locations with OS/physical indexes instead of logical indexes. This option does not apply to the output, see --get above.

-l --logical

Interpret input locations with logical indexes instead of physical/OS indexes (default). This option does not apply to the output, see --get above.


Display CPU set strings in the format recognized by the taskset command-line program instead of hwloc-specific CPU set string format. This option has no impact on the format of input CPU set strings, both formats are always accepted.

--restrict <cpuset>

Restrict the topology to the given cpuset.


Do not consider administration limitations.

-f --force

Launch the executable even if binding failed.

-q --quiet

Hide non-fatal error messages. It includes locations pointing to non-existing objects, as well as failure to bind. This is usually useful in addition to --force.

-v --verbose

Verbose output.


Report version and exit.


hwloc-bind execs an executable (with optional command line arguments) that is bound to the specified location (or list of locations).  Upon successful execution, hwloc-bind simply sets bindings and then execs the executable over itself.

If binding fails, or if the binding set is empty, and --force was not given, hwloc-bind returns with an error instead of launching the executable.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that you read the hwloc(7) overview page before reading this man page.  Most of the concepts described in hwloc(7) directly apply to the hwloc-bind utility.


hwloc-bind's operation is best described through several examples. More details about how locations are specified on the hwloc-bind command line are described in hwloc(7).

To run the echo command on the first logical processor of the second package:

   $ hwloc-bind package:1.pu:0 -- echo hello

which is exactly equivalent to the following line as long as there is no ambiguity between hwloc-bind option names and the executed command name:

   $ hwloc-bind package:1.pu:0 echo hello

To bind the "echo" command to the first core of the second package and the second core of the first package:

   hwloc-bind package:1.core:0 package:0.core:1 -- echo hello

Note that binding the "echo" command to multiple processors is probably meaningless (because "echo" is likely implemented as a single-threaded application); these examples just serve to show what hwloc-bind can do.

To run on the first three packages on the second and third nodes:

   $ hwloc-bind node:1-2.package:0:3 -- echo hello

which is also equivalent to:

   $ hwloc-bind node:1-2.package:0-2 -- echo hello

Note that if you attempt to bind to objects that do not exist, hwloc-bind will not warn unless -v was specified.

To run on processor with physical index 2 in package with physical index 1:

   $ hwloc-bind --physical package:1.core:2 -- echo hello

To run on odd cores within even packages:

   $ hwloc-bind package:even.core:odd -- echo hello

To run on the first package, except on its second and fifth cores:

   $ hwloc-bind package:0 ~package:0.core:1 ~package:0.core:4 -- echo hello

To run anywhere except on the first package:

   $ hwloc-bind all ~package:0 -- echo hello

To run on a core near the network interface named eth0:

   $ hwloc-bind os=eth0 -- echo hello

To run on a core near the PCI device whose bus ID is 0000:01:02.0:

   $ hwloc-bind pci=0000:01:02.0 -- echo hello

To bind memory on second memory node and run on first node (when supported by the OS):

   $ hwloc-bind --cpubind node:1 --membind node:0 -- echo hello

The --get option can report current bindings.  This example shows nesting hwloc-bind invocations to set a binding and then report it:

   $ hwloc-bind node:1.package:2 -- hwloc-bind --get

hwloc-calc may convert this output into actual objects, either with logical or physical indexes:

   $ hwloc-calc --physical -I pu `hwloc-bind --get`
   $ hwloc-calc --logical -I pu `hwloc-bind --get` --sep " "
   24 25 26 27 28 29

Locations may also be specified as a hex bit mask (typically generated by hwloc-calc).  For example:

   $ hwloc-bind 0x00004444,0x44000000 -- echo hello
   $ hwloc-bind `hwloc-calc node:1.package:2` -- echo hello

The current memory binding may also be reported:

   $ hwloc-bind --membind node:1 --mempolicy interleave -- hwloc-bind --get --membind
   0x000000f0 (interleave)

Note that if the system is not NUMA, the reported string may indicate that the process is bound to the entire system memory (e.g., "0xf...f").


If the graphics-enabled lstopo is available, use for instance

   $ hwloc-bind core:2 -- lstopo --pid 0

to check what the result of your binding command actually is. lstopo will graphically show where it is bound to by hwloc-bind.

Return Value

Upon successful execution, hwloc-bind execs the command over itself. The return value is therefore whatever the return value of the command is.

hwloc-bind will return nonzero if any kind of error occurs, such as (but not limited to): failure to parse the command line, failure to retrieve process bindings, or lack of a command to execute.

See Also

hwloc(7), lstopo(1), hwloc-calc(1), hwloc-distrib(1)

Referenced By

hwloc(7), hwloc-distrib(1), hwloc-info(1), lstopo(1).

Nov 10, 2016 1.11.5 hwloc