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Can anyone explain precisely what IOWait is?

As much as I have read about iowait, it is still mystery to me. I know it's the time spent by the CPU waiting for a IO operations to complete, but what kind of IO operations precisely? What I am also ...
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CentOS 5 extremely slow when is running a download

When my server is downloading a file or executing other IO operations the other server functions become extremely slow (almost locked). Even other functions that do not use the network. When a ...