unexpected output vmstat -s

Sander van Vugt mail at sandervanvugt.nl
Sat Aug 9 15:36:41 UTC 2008

Hi List,

I notices something I don't understand in the vmstat -s output. In other 
Linux distributions I know, the amount of interrupts is always much 
higher than the amount of context switches. As far as I know, that from 
the operating system perspective is also what you would expect, as a 
context switch needs a timer interrupt to do its work. Now when I do 
vmstat -s on Ubuntu Server 8.04, the amount of context switches is about 
5 times as high as the amount of interrupts, where I would expect the 
exact opposite. Can anyone explain this? Is this a specific Ubuntu feature?


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