[CentOS] Load Average

Sudev Barar sbarar at gmail.com
Thu Mar 2 00:46:16 UTC 2006

On 3/2/06, Benjamin Smith <lists at benjamindsmith.com> wrote:
> On Wednesday 01 March 2006 13:34, Lamar Owen wrote:
> > The E6500 had 14 CPU's and 16GB of RAM at the time, and
> > was serving an ab load (apache bench) of 256 concurrent requests to a Koha
> > integrated library system backend, over a total of 2.5 million requests.
> But isn't load simply added by the number of processors?
> EG: A load average of "1.00" on a 4-way system actually indicates 25% usage?
> 250/14 could indicate an effective load average of 17, which is still high,
> but still - how much of that load was due to I/O?

No load average is not just CPU but reflects all parameters. For pure
CPU usage system monitor or similar tool will give better
understanding. Also the processes (or dameons) running will really
determine the expected load average.
But as some else said for genera usage 2~3 times x number of
processors is a thumb rule guide.
Sudev Barar
Learning Linux

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