Understanding Linux Load Average – Part 3

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In part 1 we performed a series of experiments to explore the relation between CPU utilization and Linux load average. We concluded that the load average is influenced by processes running on or waiting for the CPU. Based on experiments in part 2 we came to the conclusion that processes that are performing disk I/O also influence the load average on a Linux system. In this posting we will do another experiment to find out if the Linux load average is also affected by processes performing network I/O.

Network I/O and load average

To check if a correlation exists between processes performing network I/O and the load average we will start 10 processes generating network I/O on an otherwise idle system and collect various performance related statistics using the sar command. Note: My load-gen script uses the ping command to generate network I/O.

The above output shows that the lo

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Understanding Linux Load Average – Part 3

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