Performance question

Kevin Spicer kevins at BMRB.CO.UK
Wed Oct 8 20:11:57 IST 2003

On Wed, 2003-10-08 at 20:02, Alan Fiebig wrote:

>>CPU load is not a % but an absolute number indicating the number of
>>ready to run processes in the system.  A load of 10 indicates that 10
>>processes are fighting for the CPU...

>If this is the case, then why does TOP have a percent sign next to the
>stat? If TOP shows:
>  91.4% idle

>does this not mean that my CPU load is not (100% - 76.4%)= 8.6%?

I think Denis thought you were talking about load average not CPU states
(which is what I think you are talking about).  If I'm correct then you
were both correct withing the context of the assumptions made (although
one assumption appears to have been in error).

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