Re: safe load average
At 2002-05-02T02:15:36Z, Seneca Cunningham <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> So, something I was wondering about would generally be considered a
> maximum "safe" load average. I have had some problems with some hardware
> that look almost as if this machine wants to become a toaster (hopefully
> the hardware wasn't damaged, only confused, by the heat).
"Safe"? I think you should be more interested in CPU states than load
average. For example, consider running 50 webserver processes, all of which
are in an I/O wait state. Your load average may be near 50, but your CPU
may be sitting mostly idle. As another example, pretend you're running an
RC5 or Seti-At-Home client. In that case, your CPU will almost certainly be
running at near 100%, but your load average may only be 1.0.
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