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What does a high load with an empty top mean? [duplicate]

What does it mean when I have a non-trivial load and when I run top, there are no processes using non-trivial amounts of cpu time? For example, I have a server with this top line: top - 10:10:59 up ...
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Should I care for applications that increase the system Load in order to prevent overheating?

I found that my "PCI Adapter" overheats when load is above 4.0 (having 4 cores). It does NOT overheat when the load is below 4.0 (but I had an overclocked memory that was causing trouble as I explain ...
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Why “uninterruptible sleep” is not counted as “IDLE”?

When I run top -bi, where the parameter -i means "ignore idle processes", the resulted list(see below) of processes are either R or D, although there're S processes at that time. So, why ...
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Understanding top and load average

I'm observing a high load average on a certain machine (about 9) in all three load fields. I understand load as the number of processes in state "run" / currently desiring CPU time. Am I correct at ...