One of our servers is currently sitting with its load averages in the billions (with a b), while reporting that it only has 1,031 resident threads:
top - 12:04:26 up 2 days, 19:03, 68 users, load average: 381713318.29, 2612390757.45, 2824329668.69 Threads: 1031 total, 10 running, 1019 sleeping, 2 stopped, 0 zombie %Cpu(s): 34.0 us, 6.8 sy, 0.0 ni, 38.5 id, 20.6 wa, 0.0 hi, 0.0 si, 0.0 st KiB Mem : 49284928 total, 3913012 free, 3702836 used, 41669080 buff/cache KiB Swap: 12582908 total, 12575140 free, 7768 used. 43752932 avail Mem
Other than the bizarrely high reported load averages, the machine seems to be working completely normally. It is responsive, there is nothing nothing unusual in syslog, etc. This is a CentOS 7 machine running kernel 3.10.0-327.36.3.el7.x86_64.
Have any of you seen something like this before, and/or can anyone explain what it would even mean for a machine to have a higher load average than thread count?