My PC is using ubuntu 14.04, and I need install Atlas.

Atlas says: it need to disable CPU throttling, I have done the job to disable it.

cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu{0,1,2,3}/cpufreq/scaling_governor

But when I was running this command to install Atlas:

../configure -b 64 -D c 2400 --prefix=/home/azhen/lib/atlas --with-netlib-lapack-tarfile=/home/azhen/Downloads/lapack-3.4.1.tgz

It says:

CPU Throttling apparently enabled!
It appears you have cpu throttling enabled, which makes timings
unreliable and an ATLAS install nonsensical.  Aborting.
See ATLAS/INSTALL.txt for further information

Can someone help me take a look?

  • cpufreq-info analyzing CPU 0: driver: intel_pstate CPUs which run at the same hardware frequency: 0 CPUs which need to have their frequency coordinated by software: 0 maximum transition latency: 0.97 ms. hardware limits: 1.60 GHz - 3.60 GHz available cpufreq governors: performance, powersave current policy: frequency should be within 1.60 GHz and 3.60 GHz. The governor "performance" may decide which speed to use within this range. current CPU frequency is 2.20 GHz. – Azhen Feixue Jun 3 '15 at 12:58
  • Before diving down this (potential) rabbit hole, is there a particular reason you can't use the pre-built atlas library from the repository? – steeldriver Jun 3 '15 at 13:17
  • Hi Steeldriver,thank you for your comments, but seems there is not pre-built binary. Can I download a prebuilt binary instead of installing from source? Unfortunately, we lack the manpower to provide prebuild binaries. From its help doc: math-atlas.sourceforge.net/faq.html#help – Azhen Feixue Jun 3 '15 at 13:39
  • Well, the libatlas-dev package (and it's dependency libatlas-base-dev) should provide the header files and libraries necessary to build applications using atlas: is that what you need to do? If not, please explain what your end goal is - are you trying to install some other software that depends on atlas? – steeldriver Jun 3 '15 at 14:15
  • I am trying to use caffe.berkeleyvision.org, that needs Atlas. – Azhen Feixue Jun 4 '15 at 2:41

I am a fairly recent Ubuntu user and not a computer expert and I was having exactly the same problem as you. After some struggling, I managed to avoid the message "CPU Throttling apparently enabled!" and got ATLAS 3.10.2 installed.

The first tip I got in https://sourceforge.net/p/math-atlas/support-requests/859/#f11d, where it basically says that "The only time ATLAS should detect throttling that isn't occurring is when the processors are fixed to run at a lower speed than their maximum speed." My processor was not running at its maximum speed, since I had a BIOS speed limit.

If you have the same problem, look at the maximum frequency allowed in the file /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_max_freq. Copy this value to the files for each processor(/cpu/cpu1, /cpu/cpu2 etc). You need to do it as super-user, but before it takes effect, you have to edit the file /sys/module/processor/parameters/ignore_ppc from 0 to 1. More details are given here.

This was still not enough for me and I figured out that I had to edit the files /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_min_freq to the same value that was used before. After that, I did not get the boring message any more and ATLAS was successfully installed!

update: I have just gone through this process again and it seems that the real problem is to have the power scaling driver intel p_state enabled. The procedure above will only work if you disable it first. Follow the instructions in here and replace "enable" by "disable" as explained here.


I followed the Caffe installation guide for ubuntu where it is written that one can install BLAS by

sudo apt-get install libatlas-base-dev


Building ATLAS from source is necessary for Ubuntu 16.04. In addition to what Filipe wrote, I had to disable ACPI in GRUB, which was the root of the throttling issue (link). I disabled Intel pstate too, since both were installed. I then updated GRUB, which removed all of the CPU throttling files mentioned by Filipe. Here was my process (follow at your own risk):

nano /etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text acpi=off intel_pstate=disable"

The scaling drivers should now be absent, which you can test with this command:

cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_driver

Keep in mind that this turns off power and temperature management systems. You may want to turn pstate back on after installing.

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