Linux, load average

In the example below

top - 06:36:48 up 13:43,  4 users,  load average: 1.89, 1.69, 1.72
Tasks: 433 total,   4 running, 421 sleeping,   0 stopped,   8 zombie
Cpu(s):  0.0%us,  6.2%sy,  0.0%ni, 93.7%id,  0.0%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
Mem:  99044308k total,  9209052k used, 89835256k free,    94476k buffers
Swap: 68005880k total,        0k used, 68005880k free,  7727056k cached

  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND
  123 root      20   0     0    0    0 R 100.0  0.0 473:46.80 kacpi_notify

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What exactly is the 'load average', and what does the load average in the example above tell me ?
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fosiul01Commented:
load average: 1.89, 1.69, 1.72

its shows

last 1 min, 5 min and 15 min  average how much load your server had

you need to see how many process you got



like for 8 core processor
i would expect something like

load average: 6.89, 7.69, 6.72

which means, its has used 6 core from last 1, 5 and 15 min interval

as long as it does not more then your core , i wold not worry ..
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