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Old 01-20-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Load average

Hi all, Anyone know what means the values of Load Average?

load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.04
load average: 17.50, 13.44, 12.70

Sometime is low and many times is high.

Thanks a lot.
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An idle computer has a load number of 0 and each process using or waiting for CPU (the ready queue or run queue) increments the load number by 1. Most UNIX systems count only processes in the running (on CPU) or runnable (waiting for CPU) states. However, Linux also includes processes in uninterruptible sleep states (usually waiting for disk activity), which can lead to markedly different results if many processes remain blocked in I/O due to a busy or stalled I/O system.


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