Problem: Load average of 6, no I/O, 25% idle time. Why?

From: Timothy Normand Miller
Date: Fri Jul 18 2008 - 08:49:49 EST

I have a four processor box, running three compute loads. The kernel
I'm running is 2.6.25-gentoo-r5.

One process has four threads, and it's niced to 19.
Another process has one thread and is niced to -10
The last process has one thread and is niced to 0

One processor is always idle.

If I change either the 0 to a -10 or the -10 to a zero, then all four
cores are properly utilized.

Does this make sense to anyone? Besides messing with the nice levels,
is there another way to fix this?


Timothy Normand Miller
Open Graphics Project
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