I am just wondering. What is the relationshipship between NPROC and the Processes parameter? If the Processes Parameter in oracle 9i database on an HPUX is set to 1500 and the NPROC is set to 7200 can Oracle spawn/fork processes beyond 1500?

Our beefy server stopped responding because i was nto able to spawn any more processes..we had to do a hard reboot.