Hey all. I'm really curious about this. Please read the conversation below.. For about 3 days, my CPU Usage was between 2 (at the lowest) and 4 (at the highest) - usually hovering around 3.. Normally, I'm around 0.4 or so.. Is this normal? Or is it something I should be worried about? Here's the conversation via support ticket:
High CPU Usage
Hi there. I've been noticing unusually high server load today. Is there any way that you can tell me if something wrong? As far as I can tell, nothing is out of the oridinary.
I'm not seeing any extreme loads on the machine, it looks like it's hovering
Thank you for replying.. Normally my server load is around 0.50.. Today, I'm seeing 2s and 3s.. Is there anything I can do about this? There's nothing out of the ordinary going on and I'm worried because what if I DO get a surge in traffic?
This is really not a high enough load even at 2.00 to cause any concern at this time. YOu should not have any problems if you see an increase in your traffic.
Thanks for writing.. My concern is with the quality of my server. If nothing's changed and I'm seeing consistent 2s and 3s that I never normally see - it concerns me. I hope I'm not simply being annoying to everyone over there but I feel my concern is valid. If your automobile started shaking at 50mph out of the blue, wouldn't that concern you? Something's not right - and just like with an automobile, there's a lot riding on my server running properly...
Again, I apoligize if my concerns are bothersome to you all...
I was just watching the server for a few minutes to see if I could find anything abnormal. I watched top, iostat, ifconfig, netstat, and everything looks fine. If you can find something specific that concerns you we can take a look at it. Otherwise I would recommend keeping an eye on the server, but when everything looks fine, then there is really not much for us to look at. Please let me know if you see somthing specific you would like me to check on.
Well.. Now it's back down to 0.2x.. Where it's supposed to be.. I really wonder what causes these fluxuations...
GoogleBots are generally quite friendly, on the odd occasion you may get a large group of them or even just one that gets stuck and they might munch a bit of bandwidth, but they shouldn't be driving up the server load.
Is this a managed dedicated server you're on or a shared plan? it was hard to tell from your first post.