Ever since I fired up this new server, it’s been running with a load average of 1.1.
Why? I didn’t know. It was also running about 100 processes and swapping.
I thought it might have had to do with the fact that it only had 415MB of RAM, but still…
Today I realized that I was not running the SMP kernel. Huh? It’s a dual CPU box, why is it not running the SMP kernel?
A quick edit of grub.conf and a reboot and we are running the SMP kernel.
The load average is now 0.1. The number of running processes is around 75 and it’s not swapping.