interpreting q[top] load average

Background — my linux host became unresponsive.

discover cpu count ] my machine #lscpu is how I found out cpu count.

top -n 1

Load average was 45, on sixteen CPU’s. It works out to be almost 300% loaded. After I killed top 5 processes, load average dropped to 13 and system became much faster:) …. one of my most successful performance fix stories.

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