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How to understand the memory usage and load average in linux server

I was reading this question, and it left me wondering what system load is. What does it actually measure?

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marked as duplicate by Caleb, Sven, jscott, Chopper3 Jun 28 '11 at 14:57

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

This question has been asked before, and there are several duplicates. Additionally the answer is found in several of the answers and comments under question you linked. – Caleb Jun 28 '11 at 14:56

It measures the inability for processes to get their slice of the CPU pie in a timely manner.

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