1.1. beta image on AWS shows a constant load of 1.0

Bug #588564 reported by Josh Koenig
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Greg Coit

Bug Description

This may be a general issue with Ubuntu Lucid on AWS, but it's somewhat creepy and we should know why a 100% idle system appears to be loaded:

top - 02:00:39 up 6:29, 1 user, load average: 1.20, 1.09, 1.24
Tasks: 94 total, 1 running, 93 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 0.0%us, 0.0%sy, 0.0%ni,100.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st

Tags: ec2
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Greg Coit (gregcoit) wrote :

This appears to be a general issue with AWS servers. See: http://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/thread.jspa?threadID=12930 (Mercury running on rackspace cloud shows avg load of .07).

Per http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/RHEL-4-Manual/en-US/Reference_Guide/s2-proc-loadavg.html, the 4th value is the number of currently running processes and the total number of processes.

CPU load is zero, htop and iotop confirm no activity on the system.

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Changed in pantheon:
status: New → Triaged
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Josh Koenig (joshkoenig) wrote :
Changed in pantheon:
status: Triaged → Invalid
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Mindaugas Kiršanskas (mindaugas-kirsanskas) wrote :

Temporary workaround that worked for me was unloading intel_ips module. Regardless of kernel version voluntary context switching on idle system dropped 10 times.

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