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Load Average threshold

What should be the threshold for load average of a quad core processor? What constitutes "good" and "bad" load average values?
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Depends on what you're running....disk intensive operations will have different tolerances than memory intensive...

Point to note - The load average really relates to run-queue length (i.e sum of processes waiting in the run-queue plus those currently executing), so it's more about what still needs to be done, than what is currently being done...

Having said that, :-) short answer is that general consensus is that a load average of 4*number of cpus is considered reasonable.

Adrian Cockcroft wrote a couple of excellent books on performance tuning - highly reccommended reading...

HTH
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May i know the name of the books. Thanks
 

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