Re: [thredds] THREDDS Garbage Collection Tuning

Three options:

Tweak it: Java Garbage Collectors (GC's), and the recommendations for using them, have changed several times. I encourage you to find a more recent article (e.g., so you get the recommendations for the version of Java that you are using. It's worth a try.

Fix it: The ideal approach is to identify why the problem is occurring, not just deal with the consequences of the problem. Some of the issues are programming related and can be solved or minimized via code changes, but you have to have a clear idea of what the problem is. You can use hprof to identify what lines of code are generating the most, persistent objects. (There are other profilers.) And you can use -verbose:gc to monitor the GC. I'm sure John Caron has investigated and will continue to investigate thoroughly. But you are in a better position to investigate the problems on your TDS.

Restart it: It is hard/impossible to prevent these problems from occurring. The garbage collectors aren't perfect. Sometimes, increasing MaxPermSize and Xmx and tweaking the GC settings just forestall the inevitable. Sometimes, you just need to acquiesce and restart tomcat or restart the computer. Although the big web services do as much as possible to avoid problems like this, they rely on multiple servers and load balancing so that a given computer can be restarted when needed.

Good luck.

On 6/1/2011 8:24 AM, Rich Signell wrote:

Have folks played around with Garbage Collection tuning parameters
besides "-XX:MaxPermSize" to help tomcat/TDS permgen errors?

Our TDS tomcat is throwing "GC overhead limit exceeded" errors again.
I know on the Unidata TDS page
it says the only thing you can do is increase -XX:MaxPermSize, which
only delays the problem, solved only by restarting tomcat.

But in this Garbage Collection tuning article
they describe many different options, and I'm wondering whether folks
have tried using these, or whether they just don't do any good.



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