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Benefits of setting initial and maximum memory size to the same value

When we launch applications, we specify the initial memory size and maximum memory size. For the applications that run on JVM (Java Virtual Machine), initial and maximum memory size is specified through ‘-Xms’ and ‘-Xmx’ arguments. If Java applications are running on containers, it’s specified through ‘-XX: InitialRAMPercentage’ and ‘-XX: MaxRAMPercentage’ arguments. Most enterprises set the initial memory size to a lower value than the maximum memory size. As opposed to this commonly accepted practice, setting the initial memory size the same as the maximum memory size has certain ‘cool’ advantages. Let’s discuss them in this post.

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Memory leak due to improper exception handling

In this post let’s discuss an interesting memory problem we confronted in the production environment and how we went about solving it. This application would take traffic for a few hours after that it would become unresponsive. It wasn’t clear what was causing the unresponsiveness in the application.

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Garbage Collection tuning success story – reducing young gen size

When you tune Garbage collection performance, you are not only improving Garbage collection pause time but also the overall application’s response time and reducing cloud computing cost. Recently we helped to tune the Garbage collection behavior of a popular application. Just by making a minor change, it resulted in a dramatic improvement. Let’s discuss this garbage collection tuning success story in this post.

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Best practices: Java memory arguments for Containers

When you are running your Java application in physical servers, you would have been using ‘-Xmx’ JVM argument to specify the Java heap size. If you are porting your application to Containers, you might be wondering how to configure Java heap size in the container’s world? Are there any best practices? In this article, we will discuss the possible JVM arguments that can be used to specify the Java heap size and the best option to choose. 

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Difference between InitialRAMFraction, MinRAMFraction, MaxRAMFraction

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Difference between InitialRAMPercentage, MinRAMPercentage, MaxRAMPercentage

This article attempts to clarify the difference between InitialRAMPercentage, MinRAMPercentage, MaxRAMPercentage JVM arguments. These arguments have been introduced since Java 8 update 191. They are used to configure your Java application’s heap size when you are running it in the Physical server or in the container. In this article, let’s review their differences.

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What is Java Heap Fragmentation?

Java Heap fragmentation is an interesting problem, which triggers long pausing full garbage collection cycles. In this article we would like to attempt to explain the heap fragmentation. 

Let’s say developer write a code ‘new BMW()’. This will create a new BMW object in the heap memory space. Example:

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Avoid passing – XX:+UseCompressedOops

Since we are analyzing thousands of Garbage Collection logs every single day through our GCeasy tool, we are noticing several java applications still continuing to use ‘-XX:+UseCompressedOops’ JVM argument. Actually, it’s not required to pass ‘-XX:+UseCompressedOops’ JVM argument if you are running in Java SE 6 update 23 and later. Compressed oops is supported and enabled by default in Java SE 6u23 and later versions.

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Advantages of setting -Xms and -Xmx to same value

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