When I run the following command

less  /proc/cpuinfo

I get list of 40 CPUs, does that mean my system can load go up to 40 and things still be running smoothly?

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    Your system load (as displayed in top or uptime) is the queue length, not a measure of how much of the available CPU is in use. If your system load is 40, you are backed up regardless how many CPUs you have. See this answer helpfully loaded in the "Related" sidebar atm. – user4556274 Mar 5 '17 at 19:40
  • so the number of cores is not relevant to system load? – Arya Mar 5 '17 at 19:43
  • Uh, it depends. I've seen dual processor solaris systems chugging along without issue at a load of 5000 while a dual processor linux box at that same load was busy corrupting payment batch files. – thrig Mar 6 '17 at 15:06

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