load average with multi-core CPU's

Mark Felder feld at feld.me
Thu Sep 22 19:30:03 UTC 2011

On Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:22:43 -0500, Henry M <henry95 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Can someone explain, or point me to correct documentation on what the  
> load
> average on top/uptime is actually displaying?

Load average is "average number of processes in the run queue" for the 1,  
5, and 15 minute intervals. If you have a quad core CPU a 4.00 load  
average means you've been keeping the CPU busy at 100%.

Does that make sense?



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