Debugging in Production

Why debugging in production is so tempting? In one of my first jobs, one of the tasks I had was to fix a bug which used to occur from time to time in a very complex production system. That is easy! – I thought. I will reproduce the same situation in my development environment, find…

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Understanding Java Buffer Pool

The buffer pool space is located outside of the garbage collector-managed memory. It’s a way to allocate native off-heap memory. What’s the benefit of using buffer pools? To answer this question, let’s firstly learn what byte buffers are.   Byte Buffer Non-Direct Buffer java.nio package comes with the ByteBuffer class. It allows us to allocate both direct…

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A Tale of Two Iterators

When you look at the most popular Java interview questions, you might encounter the one about fail-fast and fail-safe iterators: What’s the difference between fail-fast and fail-safe iterators? The simplified answer is that: Fail-fast iterator throws ConcurrentModificationException if the collection is modified while iterating, but fail-safe doesn’t. Even though it totally makes sense, it’s not…

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When Throughput Matters – Parallel GC

As I mentioned in one of the previous posts, Parallel Collector is also called Throughput Collector, because its main goal is to maximize overall throughput of the application. The two basic operations that Parallel Collector performs are Minor GC and Full GC. These are pretty straightforward.   Minor GC When Eden fills up, the young…

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User, Sys and Real Times in GC Log

Have you ever wondered what user, sys and real times in a GC log mean? Well, I have, a couple of times at least. Let’s say that we have the following line after Full GC entry: [Times: user=4.21 sys=0.03, real=0.75 secs] To find out what they represent, we should check UNIX command time first. time…

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GC Algorithms

As described in the previous post, we have four different garbage collectors available in HotSpot JVM. There are some significant differences between them, but the actual concepts behind the algorithms which are used to do the actual job are quite similar. In this short post, I will try to explain three basic algorithms: Mark-sweep Mark-sweep-compact…

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Why Server If It’s Not a Server?

Have you ever wondered why when you type java -version, you usually get something like that: java version “1.8.0_131” Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_131-b11) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.131-b11, mixed mode)   Why Server VM? For JVM, some machines are considered to be “client-class” and some are “server-class”. If the given machine…

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Garbage Collectors Overview

The current version of HotSpot JVM includes three types of garbage collectors: – Serial Collector – Parallel Collector – The Mostly Concurrent Collectors   All of them are generational ones, meaning that they take advantage of the way the heap is divided.   There are three main operations which garbage collector is responsible for: –…

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Yet Another Post About Java Heap Space

Generational Garbage Collectors JVM heap is divided into two different Generations. One is called Young and the second one is the Old (sometimes referred to as Tenured). The Young Generation is further separated into two main logical sections: Eden and Survivor spaces. There are also Virtual spaces for both Young and the Old Generations which…

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When Application Threads Can Be Stopped: Safepoints

There are two logical groups of threads in Java application: application threads performing application logic threads performing GC   When performing operations such as heap compaction, GC threads move some objects around and those objects cannot be used by any of the application thread, because their physical location may change. This leads to so called…

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