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

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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...