Matthew Walker mwalker at kydance.net
Tue Sep 30 19:53:00 MDT 2008

On Tue, September 30, 2008 4:57 pm, Michael Torrie wrote:
> Not sure what you mean here.  High load normally means the CPU is *not*
> being utilized efficiently.  In fact, processes are not running because
> they are waiting for stuff.  So a high load often will have a processor
> that's nearly idle.  Sometimes a process can cause a high cpu usage and
> cause the load average to climb if the process is holding down resources
> that other processes are waiting on.

Huh. Maybe I've generally had well designed systems, but my experience has been that if
my load average is high, there's too many CPU intensive tasks running, and they're vying
for the processor.

I can only think of a handful of instances of some other resource being the bottleneck
that raised my load average.

Matthew Walker
Kydance Hosting & Consulting
LAMP & MU* Specialist

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