Bob, The 3060 is a dual core CPU, so if your only seeing two CPU's listed they have a single chip. With that 1.4 or 1.5 would be an ideal high load average. If the machine is running well when you see 2.5, 3.33, 4.18, then it could be that those numbers are ok for that particular server, but consistent loads over 2 means that processes are waiting for CPU time. The one and five minute averages (the first two numbers) aren't as critical, since they could just represent a short term spike, but if you are consistently seeing a 15 minute load of 8 + then that means that there are on average 8 processes being handled by two CPU's, meaning that on average 6 processes are waiting. Keep in mind that there are lots of other factors that could make a machine slow down (IO, DB, etc.), and load average is just one factor, but a continually high load sure doesn't help. Budget hosts tend to milk a machine for all it's worth, but you may be able to get them to move you to another machine with less load. HTH, Rob -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Bob Meetin Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 7:28 PM To: the >> "thelist at lists.evolt.org" Subject: Re: [thelist] how high constitutes troublesome load average. Robert Lee wrote: > It depends upon the number of CPU cores on the machine. > > For the 15 minute average (the far right number), you don't want to > see much > more than .7 for each core on the machine, and anything above 1 per > core is > reason for concern. > For a Dual Quad Core machine (8 CPU's) you'd probably like to see it stay > below 6, but lower would be nicer. Of course this doesn't help much if you > don't know how many processor(s) the shared hosting box has. > > HTH, > Rob > > I have a couple sites on a shared hosting server which commonly runs a > little slow in my opinion and if I check I see what I think is high load > average, but which is probably somewhat relative. With data driven > sites (CMS) I tend to think performance is more critical than with > static, HTML sites. But anyway, how high is unreasonal? > > 06:55:01 up 51 days, 9:15, 2 users, load average: 2.50, 3.33, 4.18 > 08:05:02 up 51 days, 10:25, 2 users, load average: 10.13, 10.50, 8.81 > 08:30:02 up 51 days, 10:50, 1 user, load average: 19.05, 12.61, 9.62 > 11:32:01 up 51 days, 13:52, 2 users, load average: 35.37, 26.39, 17.53 > > -Bob > Thx - keep in mind hardware is not a core skill of mine. Logged into cPanel here is what I find (in addition to 4GB RAM): Processor #1 Vendor: GenuineIntel Processor #1 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU 3060 @ 2.40GHz Processor #1 speed: 2399.990 MHz Processor #1 cache size: 4096 KB Processor #2 Vendor: GenuineIntel Processor #2 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU 3060 @ 2.40GHz Processor #2 speed: 2399.990 MHz Processor #2 cache size: 4096 KB In my last exchange with a tech the response was pretty casual that the load is now down below 20 which is apparently fine? -Bob -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !