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Portable Hardware Locality (hwloc) Documentation: v1.6.1

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Object attributes

Normal attributes

hwloc objects have many attributes. The hwloc_obj structure contains a common set of attributes that are available for object types, for instance their type or logical_index.

Each object also contains an attr field that, if non NULL, points to a union hwloc_obj_attr_u of type-specific attribute structures. For instance, a Cache object obj contains cache-specific information in obj->attr->cache, such as its size and associativity. See hwloc_obj_attr_u for details.

Custom string infos

Aside from the name field of each object, hwloc annotates many objects with string attributes that are made of a key and a value. Each object contains a list of such pairs that may be consulted manually (looking at the object infos array field) or using the hwloc_obj_get_info_by_name(). The user may additionally add new key-value pairs to any object using hwloc_obj_add_info() or the hwloc-annotate program.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of attributes that may be automatically added by hwloc (with the usual corresponding object in parentheses). Note that these attributes heavily depend on the ability of the operating system to report them. Many of them will therefore be missing on some OS.

OSName, OSRelease, OSVersion, HostName, Architecture (Machine object)
The operating system name, release, version, the hostname and the architecture name, as reported by the Unix uname command.
Backend (Machine object or topology root object)
The name of the hwloc backend/component that filled the topology. If several components were combined, multiple Backend keys may exist, with different values, for instance x86, Linux and libpci.
LinuxCgroup (Machine object)
The name the Linux control group where the calling process is placed.
SyntheticDescription (topology root object)
The description string that was given to hwloc to build this synthetic topology.
CPUModel, CPUType (Socket or Machine)
The processor model name, and a more-general processor type name when applicable (Solaris/Sparc). These attributes are usually added to Socket objects. However, when hwloc cannot detect the number of sockets but still knows their (same) model, the attribute may be added to the Machine object instead.
PCIVendor, PCIDevice (PCI devices and bridges)
The vendor and device names of the PCI device.
DMIBoardVendor, DMIBoardName, etc. (Machine object)
DMI hardware information such as the motherboard and chassis models and vendors, the BIOS revision, etc., as reported by Linux under /sys/class/dmi/id/.
Address, Port (Network interface OS devices)
The MAC address and the port number of a software network interface, such as eth4 on Linux.
NodeGUID, SysImageGUID, Port3LID, Port4LMC, Port5GID6 (OpenFabrics OS devices)
The node GUID and GUID mask, the LID and LID mask count of a given port, and a GID of a port.