[LON-CAPA-admin] server load

Lucas, Mark lucasm at ohio.edu
Fri Oct 26 09:57:07 EDT 2012

The server load is the system load average multiplied by 100.

If you use the top command you can see the load average at the top of the screen and you
may also gain some insight into the process or processes that are taking up CPU time.

There may be a background job running. You may also have some other 'runaway' process.
When I am running backups on a machine, the system load goes up even though the user
load is minimal.


On Oct 26, 2012, at 9:50 AM, James Clawson wrote:

> On our log in screen there is a bit of information
> Domain: sc
> Server: sca1 (access)
> Server Load: 52.5%
> User Load:  0.00%
> What do the "loads" actually measure.
> Why would the server load be so high on this machine (when the user load 
> seems to be 0%)?  I have seen in up in the 80% range before
> Our other access server does not show this at the same time.  The 
> library server shows 9.5% server load @ 0% user load.
> Just trying to get a fix on some quick and dirty diagnostics.
> Thanks
> James
> -- 
> James Clawson, Jr.
> Laboratory Manager
> University of South Carolina
> Department of Physics and Astronomy
> Jones PSC Room 402D
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Mark Lucas 								email: lucasm at ohiou.edu
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Ohio University
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