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 -----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 3:13 PM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: [thelist] how high constitutes troublesome load average. 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 -- * * 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 !