|Matt - these server loads you are talking about - do you mean the load averages on a machine displayed by something like the top utility ?[/b][/quote]|
Yup, that's what I'm talking about.
If you run top, you'll see three numbers - the first number is the average over the last minute, the second the average over the last 5 minutes, and the third is the average over the last 15 minutes.
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The load average tells you on average how many processes are waiting for CPU attention - now this doesn't mean that the CPU is 100% utilised, a process could be locked waiting for a semaphore the be relased etc. I've seen a server running loads of 200 and still serve web pages in fractions of a second, so the load average doesn't always relate to the CPU utilisation and can be effected by memory more than anything.
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