Ok, so I have this program with many (~300) threads, each of which communicates with a central database. I create a global connection to the DB, and then each thread goes about its business creating statements and executing them.
Somewhere along the way, I have a massive memory leak. After analyzing the heap dump, I see that the com.mysql.jdbc.JDBC4Connection object is 70 MB, because it has 800,000 items in "openStatements" (a hash map). Somewhere it's not properly closing the statements that I create, but I cannot for the life of me figure out where (every single time I open one, I close it as well). Any ideas why this might be occurring?
You know unless MySQL says so, JDBC Connections are NOT thread safe. You CANNOT share them across threads, unless you use a connection pool. In addition as pointed out you should be try/finally guaranteeing all statements, result sets, and connections are closed.