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What is a rule of thumb for the average load for a single UNIX-based server before optimizing performance or scaling? For example, my server is running as shown:

load average: 0.44, 0.44, 0.43
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closed as not a real question by Sven, andol, Steven Monday, Tom O'Connor, EEAA Aug 8 '11 at 17:15

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Load is the number of processes waiting to run on the CPU. If it's below the number of CPUs available on that system, that means that, on average, you don't have any processes waiting.

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This question can't be answered on a general basis. One example: A load average of 0.4 means something different with a single core system than with a 16 core machine, and it can also mean that your CPU is idling while processes wait for I/O on some OSes (i.e. Linux).

Do you experience any performance problems? Do you expect any increase in load?

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