[jboss-user] [Performance Tuning] - Memory consumption 1h after JBoss start

Peter Johnson do-not-reply at jboss.com
Thu Jul 22 13:02:38 EDT 2010

Peter Johnson [http://community.jboss.org/people/peterj] replied to the discussion

"Memory consumption 1h after JBoss start"

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Ruchir, your suggested newsize is too small for the heap size specified - the newsize should be 1/3 - 1/4 the size of the heap. By the way, based on my tests, if you do not specify a newsize, JDK 6 eventually adjusts it to about 1/3 - 1/4 the heap size (just realized that was with the standard collection, not the CMS collector, but I suspect that letting the ).

Setting MaxTenuringThreshold to 0 is a bad idea - I puts a larger strain on the CMS collector and degrades overall applicaiton performance. It is much better ot let needed objects survive a few minor collections before being tenured, and thus let the minor collector gather all the garbage, than requiring the CMS collector to collect objects that die soon. Besides, setting the UseConcMarkSweepGC sets MaxTenuringThreshold to 0 by default (and also sets the survivor spaces to a really small value.

It is not always advisable to set UseConcMarkSweepGC. You must test your application both with and without it to determine hte best performance. Also, with UseConcMarkSweepGC, during a major collection, one of your CPUs will be dedicated to garbage collection. If you have only 2 CPUs, then you will reduce the amount of load your app can handle by 50%.

For suggestions on how to gather GC data and analyze it, see these white papers:
Java Garbage Collection Statistical Analysis 101
Java Garbage Collection Performance Analysis 201 (this white paper discusses the CMS collector and its gotchas)
at  http://www.cmg.org/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=java+peter+johnson&x=30&y=10 http://www.cmg.org/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=java+peter+johnson&x=30&y=10


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