2 of 16 cores are constantly maxing out - how to balance the load?

Raffael Vogler raffael.vogler at yieldlove.com
Thu Jan 11 10:13:28 UTC 2018


I have nginx with php-fpm running on a 16 core Ubuntu 16.04 instance. The
server is handling more than 10 million requests per hour.


As you can see on the htop screenshot cores 6 and 7 are maxed out and
that's the case constantly - even after restarting nginx those two cores
stay at that level.

I wonder why is that so and how to balance the load more evenly?

Also I'm curious to know whether this might indicate a performance relevant
issue or if it is most likely harmless and just looks odd.

> cat /etc/nginx/nginx.conf | grep -v '^\s*#'

user www-data;
worker_processes auto;
pid /run/nginx.pid;
events {
        worker_connections 768;
http {
        sendfile on;
        tcp_nopush on;
        tcp_nodelay on;
        keepalive_timeout 65;
        types_hash_max_size 2048;
        include /etc/nginx/mime.types;
        default_type application/octet-stream;
        ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2; # Dropping SSLv3, ref: POODLE
        ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
        access_log /var/log/nginx/access.log;
        error_log /var/log/nginx/error.log;
        gzip on;
        gzip_disable "msie6";
        include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;
        include /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/*;


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