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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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JVM is down with “OutOfMemory” error – what should I do?

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Amazing as it may seem, but this particular cry “From the Depths” is frequently displayed among the results of search requests regarding JVM settings. You have probably been faced with the “I remember that option, but how to enable it” problem, while administrating servers or adjusting virtual appliances at times (semi-annualy, for example) and apart from your main tasks. There ...

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Adaptive heap sizing

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While enhancing our test bed to improve the Plumbr GC problem detector,  I ended up writing a small test case I thought might be interesting for the wider audience. The goal I was chasing was to test JVM’s self-adaptiveness in regard of how the heap is segmented between eden, survivor and tenured spaces. The test itself is generating objects in ...

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Revealing the length of Garbage Collection pauses

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There are several ways to improve your product. One such way is to carefully track what your users are experiencing and improve based on that. We do apply this technique ourselves and have again spent some time looking at different data Besides many other aspects we were after, we also posed a question “what is the worst-case effect for latency ...

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Reducing the frequency of major GC pauses

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This post will discuss a technique to reduce the burden garbage collection pauses put on the latency of your application. As I have written couple of years ago, disabling garbage collection is not possible in JVM. But there is a clever trick that can be used to significantly reduce the length and frequency of the long pauses. As you are ...

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Garbage Collection: increasing the throughput

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The inspiration for this post came after stumbling upon “Pig in the Python” definition in the memory management glossary. Apparently, this term is used to explain the situation where GC repeatedly promotes large objects from generation to generation. The effect of doing so is supposedly similar to that of a python swallowing its prey in whole only to become immobilised ...

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GC impact on throughput and latency

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One type of the problems each and every Java application out there has to wrestle with is related to garbage collection. When the garbage collector works, it represents a wonderful invention. When it does not – or when the way GC is doing its housekeeping becomes unpredictable – then you have a friend who has turned into a foe. This ...

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(Part 2 of 3): Synopsis of articles & videos on Performance tuning, JVM, GC in Java, Mechanical Sympathy, et al

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This is a continuation of the previous post titled (Part 1 of 3): Synopsis of articles & videos on Performance tuning, JVM, GC in Java, Mechanical Sympathy, et al. Without any further ado, lets get started with our next set of blogs and videos, chop…chop…! This time its Martin Thompson’s blog posts and talks. Martin’s first post on Java Garbage collection ...

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RMI enforcing Full GC to run hourly

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During all the troubleshooting exercises I have carried out in my career, I have picked up a feeling that the bugs I am after are evolving and becoming meaner and uglier over time. Or maybe it is just my age kicking in. This particular Heisenbug – lookalike this post is about has again kept me awake for more than I ...

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