user3644708 user3644708 - 3 months ago 20
Java Question

Java GC (Allocation Failure)

Why it was always "GC (Allocation Failure)"?

Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (25.25-b02) for linux-amd64 JRE (1.8.0_25-b17),

CommandLine flags:
-XX:CMSInitiatingOccupancyFraction=60
-XX:GCLogFileSize=10485760
-XX:+HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError
-XX:InitialHeapSize=32212254720
-XX:MaxHeapSize=32212254720
-XX:NewRatio=10
-XX:OldPLABSize=16
-XX:ParallelGCThreads=4
-XX:+PrintGC
-XX:+PrintGCDetails
-XX:+PrintGCTimeStamps
-XX:+PrintStringTableStatistics
-XX:+PrintTenuringDistribution
-XX:StringTableSize=1000003
-XX:SurvivorRatio=4
-XX:TargetSurvivorRatio=50
-XX:+UseCompressedClassPointers
-XX:+UseCompressedOops
-XX:+UseParNewGC
-XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC




27.329: [GC (Allocation Failure) 27.329: [ParNew
Desired survivor size 44728320 bytes, new threshold 15 (max 15)
- age 1: 16885304 bytes, 16885304 total
: 349568K->16618K(436928K), 0.2069129 secs] 349568K->16618K(31369920K), 0.2070712 secs] [Times: user=0.78 sys=0.04, real=0.21 secs]


28.210: [GC (Allocation Failure) 28.210: [ParNew
Desired survivor size 44728320 bytes, new threshold 15 (max 15)
- age 1: 28866504 bytes, 28866504 total
- age 2: 12582536 bytes, 41449040 total
: 366186K->47987K(436928K), 0.2144807 secs] 366186K->47987K(31369920K), 0.2146024 secs] [Times: user=0.84 sys=0.01, real=0.22 secs]


29.037: [GC (Allocation Failure) 29.038: [ParNew
Desired survivor size 44728320 bytes, new threshold 2 (max 15)
- age 1: 28443488 bytes, 28443488 total
- age 2: 28386624 bytes, 56830112 total
- age 3: 12579928 bytes, 69410040 total
: 397555K->76018K(436928K), 0.2357352 secs] 397555K->76018K(31369920K), 0.2358535 secs] [Times: user=0.93 sys=0.01, real=0.23 secs]

Answer

"Allocation Failure" is a cause of GC cycle to kick.

"Allocation Failure" means that no more space left in Eden to allocate object. So, it is normal cause of young GC.

Older JVM were not printing GC cause for minor GC cycles.

"Allocation Failure" is almost only possible cause for minor GC. Another reason for minor GC to kick could be CMS remark phase (if +XX:+ScavengeBeforeRemark is enabled).

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