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    load average

    Here is what my top says regarding the load average (rh7.2)

    load average: 23.10, 13.28, 5.98

    Can anyone comment on those numbers? What is load average for? (on my other linux boxes it those numbers are almost all 0)

    thx.

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    Re: load average

    That seems high. I'm running genome and mine hovers around 1.5. What do you have running?

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    oh my god... those numbers are HIGH in the sky my friend

    8:48pm up 2:29, 1 user, load average: 0.34, 0.26, 0.32

    Here are mine stats.

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    HIs is not home machine but rather business and I don't think it's high at all .... Depending on the server hardware, the server can response almost instantly to that load ...

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    My averages right now are: 1.13, 1.13, 1.17

    23 is a bit high for a personal machine... but my record was about 1000 -- just before linux crashed (hint: never run the command perl -e 'fork while true' ;D)

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    I know they are high - they should be in this case..I use this machine to do an extensive internal vuln. scans with nessus - when you scan 10.0.97.1-10.0.104.254 machine will be loaded, that's for sure.

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    Compunuts - thank for the link.


    I just wonder-is there any guideline regarding which load average should be considered critical, or as long as box can handle it then no matter what the numbers are?

    thx.

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    I just wonder-is there any guideline regarding which load average should be considered critical, or as long as box can handle it then no matter what the numbers are?
    I don't think there is any guideline exists due to the fact that it's totally dependent on the hardware. Like the guy in my link pointed out, the Alpha machine can response instantly to the load average of 200 but a 486 wouldn't to the load of 4. But that's also dependent on the number of services you are running.

    The only thing you can do is create your own testing guideline and crash-test it. Run as many services as you can and beat the box up with network scans ... Then see in what load average the server stalls .... Other than that, I don't know of any other way ...

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    thx

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