In UNIX family Operating Systems, the load average represents the average system load over a period of time.

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System not being able to handle soft interrupts but having idle time?

I have a constant 5% and more CPU time spent in handling soft interrupts. Doe to that, the ksoftirqd is running almost constantly, but is using a very small amount of CPU (less than 1%). However, ...
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Server problems, running out of RAM, really high load average

I desperately need help in figuring out how to troubleshoot this problem I'm having. I run a fairly mission critical web server (Debian 7.5, 512MB RAM, 512MB swap, Apache, MySQL). It runs a couple ...
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Nagios basic: understanding check_load graph

My db server (one cpu VM) is monitored by Nagios. I've no experience with Nagios and I've trouble understanding this graph: what is the unit on vertical axis? and the averages? what is "m"?
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high load average and cpu usage

I am experiencing high CPU usage here is the stats i got from server, the consumption after every restart in 15 minutes go upto 100%, what could go wrong? I have a site in laravel installed on the ...
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Random server load spikes, number of tasks doubles, CPU/Memory consistent

We run a vBulletin forum with 6,000 visitors per day on an SSD VPS with 5GB RAM and 24 CPU Cores. On a typical day we see 30-50 concurrent users at any given moment. On busy mornings, it'll go up to ...
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Load average metric for RDS in Cloudwatch

Has anyone succeeded in getting load average data for an RDS instance into Cloudwatch? If so, how did you do it?
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Lots of connections to loopback, could be slowing us down

I'm trying to debug a sudden increase in our load average. I looked at this page to see if we were being DDoS'ed but the standout IP address was the loopback address: $ netstat -ntu | awk '{print ...
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Load average of a server

Can some one suggest me how we can predict the healthy or dangerous(Reached max value) Load average . Is the rule to distinguish is same for all the server or we have to consider the RAM and processor ...
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CPU 100% idle but still showing load average

I have a Blade Server with CentOS 6.4. On idle state it shows a constant load average of more than 1. However I prepared another machine having the same hardware and CentOS version and its load ...
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Very high load during pvmove in domU

I had a pretty bad time this evening. I had to move LVM2 LVs from one PV to another (source PV backed by NFS stored vdisk, target PV backed by an iscsi LUN). Moving small LVs of ths VG (few gigabits) ...
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WordPress on a CentsOS 6.4 with high CPU loads [closed]

I'm helping a friend out, he's running a CentosOS 6.4 server, with Apache/2.2.24 (Unix) httpd server. His site is running on WordPress 3.81 (latest version) and he's having 30,000 unique page views ...
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High Apache busy workers and high load average

I've been experiencing a spike in load average on a web server I manage on almost a daily basis now, here are the server specs: 6 x 2.4 GHz dedicated CPU 3GB RAM This is a VPS of which is running ...
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Server load avg. hitting 16-20, but all resources under 90% usage?

As you can see in the image shared below, the server load peaked to almost 20 but the CPU, RAM, DISK IO and Network I/O remained well under their full capacity. My question is: 1). What caused the ...
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High loadavg in spite of CPUs mostly idle

I have 6 KVM VMs running on a machine vs 8 CPU threads (Xeon E3) and those VMs are lightly loaded most of the time. And yet loadavg would suggest that load is ~200% of available CPU time: top - ...
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Unusual load average for an idle workstation

I have a new workstation with an unusual high load average. The machine specs are: Xeon CPUs 256 GB of RAM 4 x 512 GB SSD connected to a LSI2108 RAID controller (in raid 5) I have installed ...
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System load average is extremely high

I own a website which is running on a VPS since last week. From monday until saturday, everything is going smoothly. The website has around 4.500 unique visitors a day, and the load average and ...
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High load with low CPU usage and low IO usage on Solaris with ZFS and MySQL

I have a Solaris 10 x86_64 system running MySQL 5.5. Under heavy usage times, we're getting very slow responses from the database: slow queries running into minutes that normally return in sub-second ...
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Munin's load plugin does not appear

I just did a fresh install of Munin 2.0.6-4 on a Debian 7.1 server from the debian repositories. The "load" plugin appears as loaded: # munin-node-configure | grep load load | ...
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High Iowait + High load average on a monitoring server

I've a nagios server which was perfectly working up to a few days ago. I've stopped it and restarted it to increase its RAM, and since then, iowait increased dramatically on the server (more than 20%, ...
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LAMP: too many connections from localhost

I'm running a ISPConfig LAMP server with Apache2 and php5-fpm. I keep wondering, why do I get to see up to 300 connection from 127.0.0.1? I just don't get it. I find out those connections by ...
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Can many low priority processes have effect on speed of other higher prioritized processes on the server?

So here is the situation: We have a couple of linux servers which we use for our work. So one of the users has a script running (just for fun, no work), which distribute a ton of other scripts to all ...
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server load extremely high trying to diagnose [closed]

The server load is extremely high. I'm trying to diagnose what's going on. Screenshot attached. edit: OS is CentOS 5. Not running anything like plesk or cpanel, etc.. The raid10 has 1 failed ...
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finding out what causes high sendmail load average

I'm investigating a server which I have not set up, for which there is no technician to answer questions. The problem is that the load average is high, which makes the server unable to send emails! ...
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High Server Load cannot figure out why [closed]

My server is currently running CentOS 5.2, with WHM 11.34. Currently, we're at 6.43 to 12 for a load average. The sites that we're hosting are taking a lot time to respond and resolve. top doesn't ...
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0% CPU in top for all processes, but load average > 1

On two different servers (with Ubuntu 12.04LTS AMD64) I have seen the following behaviour: op - 10:50:05 up 305 days, 21:17, 1 user, load average: 1.94, 2.52, 2.97 Tasks: 141 total, 2 running, ...
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monitor load average every 1 or 5 seconds and do some actions if it's higher than ex. 5

How it can be done without writing additional daemon? P.S. I can't use cron because I need lesser time intervals. P.P.S. Debian 6 x64
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High load average, low CPU and IO (Centos 5.7)

A Drupal 7 site with CiviCRM, after running smoothly for a year on a 1&1 VPS suddenly became unresponsive. Now pages eventually load, but can take more than a minute. Looking at resource use in ...
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Unknown modprobe causing high load average

For about the last 6 months, and for about a year before that (with a 6 month hiatus), one of my servers has had a consistently high load average: 13:37:34 up 192 days, 5:44, 2 users, load ...
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What is causing the unusual high load average?

I noticed on Tuesday night of last week, the load average went up sharply and it seemed abnormal since the traffic is small. Usually, the numbers usually average around .40 or lower and my server ...
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Sudden load average increase with same number of users and having changed nothing

My website was running fine until yesterday with load averages under 1. Suddenly, yesterday it started behaving badly. I was getting load averages to up to 50. I haven't changed anything in the ...
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What does load average statement mean in sendmail log? Current LA? Or Threshold?

In sendmail logs, I'm seeing events like: Mar 20 08:36:05 foo sendmail_daemon_foo[1234]: rejecting connections on daemon MTA: load average: 50 Does this mean that the connection was rejected ...
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Explain load averages on Solaris 10

I understand load averages on Linux, but am a bit mystified by the load averages on a legacy Solaris 10 machine my app runs on. The load averages seem impossibly high. Here's the output. [netcool1 ...
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High load average on I/O wait

My server is experiencing very high load average spikes (>10, sometimes even >20) every few minutes. top shows that CPU isn't in usage but is waiting for I/O operations: top - 17:42:28 up 8 days, ...
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solr is killing my server by taking a lot of resources

I have Ubuntu 9.10 server with 12G Ram/Quad Core/HD 80GB RAID. and i have installed solr lucidworks-enterprise-installer-1.7 on it to index a small database (about 20k articles). once our editors ...
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Load average at 1, even though I've stopped all services!

I have a virtual server running Debian 5 where any action is very slow (like password verification when logging in via SSH or doing su). I checked the load average, which is hovering around 1-2. Then ...
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Server load average soaring+network usage 5X up on production server, need quick help

My main app server is experiencing unprecedented peak in network usage and load average. The server is on Ec2/Scalr running php+memcache the graphs shows this kind of load has never happened before ...
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High load average, low cpu

My server has slowed down, and I don't know why. Print from top: top - 14:32:50 up 639 days, 6:30, 1 user, load average: 67.93, 70.63, 79.85 Tasks: 245 total, 1 running, 244 sleeping, 0 ...
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Apparently Unexplained Load Average

I have been experiencing very strange server load, but for no obvious reason. Could anyone explain the cause/how to debug further? One Minute - 22.9 Five Minutes - 17.98 Fifteen Minutes - ...
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High load average (over 2.0) on an idle machine

I've this server which is basically idle, and yet has a high load average. Hardware : 4 processor PowerPC Over 4GB of free RAM Top says CPUs are 99.9% idle Virtually no disk I/O Debian Squeeze, ...
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mod_wsgi, apache2, and load average

I've got a server running several cherrypy apps on apache2 under mod_wsgi. We're seeing constantly fluctuating load average on a box that is not serving many requests. As far as I can tell, the box is ...
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Load average problem (mostly cosmetic)

This isn't a real problem, but I guess it can point to something more serious - I recently upgraded to 2.6.36 linux kernel, and Load Average doesn't go under 1.0 - no matter how many tasks I have, no ...
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How can I determine which processes are using up the most CPU?

05:54:17 up 6 days, 9:54, 1 user, load average: 15.70, 8.04, 4.56 Load average is a LOT higher than it should be. It was HALF of that a moment ago, I used ps aux to see which processes were using ...
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Question on SendMail daemon actions when load average is too high

My sendmail server started rejecting connections because load average was too high (due to a spam issue that has since been resolved). Error was: sendmail[13400]: rejecting connections on daemon ...
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du, find and load average

I have a complex directory structure with lot of small files in it. like: /opt/data/1000/45/32/2009/10/15/76543.zip When I launch a "du" or "find" on this directory (/opt/data/) my server load ...
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What tools exist to automatically recover from very large load averages on linux?

For a number of different reasons in the last year or two, I have had issues with servers that run processes which tend to cause very heavy load averages. In these cases, I can often ping the server, ...
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How to understand the memory usage and load average in linux server

I am using a linux server which has 128GB of memory and 24 cores. I use top to see how much it is used. Its output is pasted at the end of the post. Here are two questions: (1) I see that each of the ...
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Storing / calculating historical load averages

When I run uptime, I get output similar to the following: 07:50:39 up 13 days, 5:00, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.02, 0.00 Is there a way, other than by running uptime every X-many minutes, to ...