[SunHELP] What is load Avg?

Hobbs, Richard hobbs at mongeese.co.uk
Fri May 7 11:30:32 CDT 2004


Ah... So I was almost correct :-)

It's actually for the last 1, 5, and 15 minutes (not 5, 10 and 15 as I
thought) but I was (almost) correct about what they represent - the total
length of the run queue + 1 for any job currently bring processed.

So, to re-write my explanation from last time:

So, load average readings of 1, 2, 3 for example would signify that over the
last minute there has been an average of 0 jobs queued for CPU time (and one
job being processed) and over the last 15 minutes the system has been getting

Thanks for the link Sheldon :-)

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: sunhelp-bounces at sunhelp.org
> [mailto:sunhelp-bounces at sunhelp.org] On Behalf Of Sheldon T. Hall
> Sent: 07 May 2004 15:57
> To: The SunHELP List; nitin.gizare at wipro.com
> Subject: RE: [SunHELP] What is load Avg?
> A good article on "load average" and what it means can be found at
> http://www.teamquest.com/resources/gunther/ldavg1.shtml ...
> -Shel
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