The load shows how much work a Linux operating system had to handle within 1, 5 and 15 minutes. The load basically consists of CPU, RAM and hard drive work – but there are also some more factors.
In general it is like this:
The load is “1“ if the core is fully occupied with tasks and can’t handle any more live task – so every value above 1 means that there is a queue waiting to be processed.
But if you have two cores a value above 2 is a indication for the processing queue. Which also means that the tasks can’t get live executed.
You can see the load of your server using the command “uptime“. The last 3 values are showing the Load-Average. If the values are higher than the cores of the server it is overloaded. Then you should definitely think about an upgrade of your resources.
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