Dreamhost load average = 1004.16?

You may have that this site has been slow at times lately.

It’s currently running on shared hosting account at Dreamhost. Most of the time the load average is pretty reasonable, around 2 to 6, but in the past week or so I’ve seen it spike above 50 or even 100 a few times.

This morning I’m seeing the highest load average yet, and the site is effectively offline for the moment. The server is still keeping the connections open, but nothing is actually coming back.

[lira]$ uptime
11:21:52 up 19 days, 22:25, 10 users, load average: 583.32, 695.46, 271.13
[lira]$ uptime
11:22:53 up 19 days, 22:26, 9 users, load average: 1004.16, 957.32, 387.55

I’m not sure if this is related to recent software upgrades on their end or if there’s a new customer on this server with an application that’s behaving badly.

…30 minutes later…

Looks like they’ve rebooted the server. Still not looking too happy though.

12:02:05 up 12 min, 5 users, load average: 155.32, 66.01, 29.54

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