switch off cpu cores in ubuntu/linux

For some benchmarks it can be important to have a system operating on just a specific number of CPU cores. To find out how many you have, just count them by:

$ ls -l /sys/devices/system/cpu/

Switching a core off is just as easy as

echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu7/online

which would switch off core 7.
For simplification, i got a shell script for activating/deactivating the cores 2 to 7 on the console (file is called “multiCoreSwitch.sh”:

for cpu in $(seq 2 7)
  echo $1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu$cpu/online

Which then can be called by:
Switch on:

sudo ./multiCoreSwitch.sh 1

Switch off:

sudo ./multiCoreSwitch.sh 0

For checking whether the cores are running or not, run “top” and enter 1, for toggling the cpu view.

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