Subject: Re: Load Measurement
To: NetBSD User's Discussion List <netbsd-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/06/2004 14:02:03
[ On Monday, December 6, 2004 at 13:32:47 (+0100), Martin Husemann wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Load Measurement
> The "load" numbers don't realy mean anything objective. You can not compare
> them between different operating systems. I've seen AIX systems at load 20
> that were fine for interactive use, and other systems at load 2 that were
> barely usable.

Indeed and also one cannot really compare between architectures either.

On my dual-400MHz-CPU AlphaServer 4000 the load can be up in the 20's
and the system is still quite usable and smooth for interactive use.

Meanwhile my 300Mhz P-II system, which for some common tasks is much
faster than a single 400MHz alpha 21164a, can be crawling and jumpy with
a load average even in the 10's.

However they're both running the exact same NetBSD release.  :-)

						Greg A. Woods

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