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Load Average, What Do The Numbers Mean/Stand For?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by twodaend, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. twodaend

    twodaend Network Guru Member

    I upgraded my WRT54G to use the Alchemy firmware and I notied that on the status page it has uptime. My router says:
    19:30:49 up 21:42, load average: 0.14, 0.04, 0.01

    I'm assuming:
    19:30:49 = curent time
    up 21:42 = how long router has been running before a hard reboot

    Is that correct?
    As for the load average, I have not idea what the 3 number in the load average mean. Can someone explain what each means.

  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Yes. Although I'm not sure what you mean by "hard reboot". The uptime is measured since the last time the router started up. Not since the last time it was hard reset (holding reset button in for 30sec etc)

    They are "... load averages for the past 1, 5, and 15 minutes." Load averages doesn't = CPU usage though. Can't give you more details because I haven't tried to fully understand their values. Seems a bit complex. Try doing a google search for linux load average :thumb:
  3. pasys

    pasys Network Guru Member

    you're right

    yep , if you use UNIX OS , type

    man uptime , it will give you what does everything means...(its great right)....WRT54G gets you kickin'...so , the three things means that as said load averages for the past 1 , 5 and 15 minutes..

    so if you stress out the thing , the value go will go up (based on a min , 5 and 15mins)

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