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Author Archives: Nikita Salnikov Tarnovski

Turning on GC logging at runtime

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There is always the next JVM behaving badly. And you know by heart that if you just could have had those few startup options exposing some more information about what is going on, you might have stood a chance of actually fixing the goddamn thing. But nope, exactly the flag you need (be it -XX:+HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError or -XX:+PrintGCDetails) is always missing. ...

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What is wrong with troubleshooting tools?

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“Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving applied to repair failed software. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem so that it can be solved, and so the software can be made operational again.” This definition from Wikipedia is using fancy words to tell you that – whenever your application is broken, somebody has to ...

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Minor GC vs Major GC vs Full GC

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While working with the GC pause detection functionality in Plumbr I was forced to work my way through loads of articles, books and presentations about the subject. Throughout the journey, I was repeatedly confused about the (mis)use of the Minor, Major and Full GC events. This led to this blog post where I hope I manage to clear some of ...

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How JVMTI tagging can affect GC pauses

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This post is analyzing why and how Plumbr Agents extended the length of GC pauses on certain occasions. Troubleshooting the underlying problem revealed interesting insights about how JVMTI tagging is handled during GC pauses. Spotting a problem One of our customers complained about the application being significantly less responsive with the Plumbr Agent attached. Upon analyzing the GC logs, we found an ...

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How to define performance requirements?

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“The app is slow, can you make sure it is fast.” The quote above should send shivers down the spine for any experienced engineer. In our previous posts we have constantly stressed out the part of “measuring not guessing” when dealing with performance tuning. Even more important though is to have defined the meaning of “fast”. Unless you have a definition for the ...

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Self-healing JVM

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This post is an example about an application where the first solution to each and every IT problem – “have you tried turning it off and on again” – can backfire and do more harm than good. Instead of turning things off and on, we have an application that can literally heal itself: it fails at the beginning, but starts ...

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Java performance tuning survey results (part IV)

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This is the last post in series where we analyze the results of the Java Performance Tuning Survey we conducted in October 2014. If you have not read the first posts, I recommend to go through the following first:                 Frequency and severity of performance problems Most popular monitoring solutions Tools and techniques ...

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Java performance tuning survey results (part III)

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This is the third post in a series where we analyze the results of a survey conducted in October 2014. If you have not already done so, I recommend to start with the first two posts in the series: problem severity analysis and monitoring domain analysis. This post focuses on troubleshooting / root cause detection. The background to this survey ...

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Java performance tuning survey results (part II)

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This is a second post in series where we analyze the results of the performance tuning survey conducted in October 2014. If you have not read the first part yet, we recommend to start here. Second part will focus on monitoring Java applications for performance issues. In particular, we try to answer the following questions:           ...

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