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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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Does iowait include time waiting for network calls?

The proc(5) manpage describes iowait as "time waiting for IO to complete". This was mostly explained in an earlier question. My question is: while waiting in blocking IO, does this include waiting on ...
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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 ...