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memory allocation problem [message #626509] Wed, 22 September 2010 16:01 Go to next message
flpgdt  is currently offline flpgdt Friend
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Registered: September 2010
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I'm trying to analyse a ~800mb heap dump, which requires a bigger heap than the standard for my eclipse. however, when I go to the eclipse.ini file and set a ``-Xmx2g`` (or ``-Xmx2048m``) I get an error "Failed to create the Java Virtual Machine".

1) yes, I have enough memory. 2) I can change it up to exactly -Xmx976m. 3) I've tried the standalone MAT analyser and it works with -Xmx1024m, not a byte more. 4) No, 1gb is not enough to analyse that heap, I get a OOM

This is the eclipse error:

This is the MAT error:

(I reckon they are the same, this is just so you can see an example with MAT)

My current eclipse.ini (working) is:


Anybody figures this out?



ps.: `-vmargs -Xmx1g` in the command line wont work either.
Re: memory allocation problem [message #627958 is a reply to message #626509] Thu, 23 September 2010 07:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Krum Tsvetkov is currently offline Krum TsvetkovFriend
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The problem is that on a 32bit box (or say it in a 32bit process) on Win the VM can use up to about 2G. But it is not only the Java heap specified with -Xmx that has to fit in these 2g:
- the VM itself needs some space
- some memory is used for loading different dlls
- some for threads (i.e. for the stack of each thread)
- one block is needed for the Perm gen
- there is probably something I've forgotten

For allocating the java heap, i.e. what you specify with -Xmx, the VM need one big piece of the memory. The size of this is limited by the things listed above, and is often further limited by fragmentation caused by some of the loaded dlls.

My experience is that I can usually reserve between 1000 and 1300 Mb on 32bit with Xmx. This seems to be a bit less for you, but I can't tell you the reason.

If your system OS is 64bit, you can try using the Memory Analyzer RCP for win x64.
Otherwise you could try parsing from the command line (ParseHeapDump.bat). This needs a bit less memory (no GUI) and you may be able also able to give it a bit more tha 1G (but may be not).

I hope this helps at least to better understand the problem.

Re: memory allocation problem [message #628790 is a reply to message #627958] Fri, 24 September 2010 07:44 Go to previous message
flpgdt  is currently offline flpgdt Friend
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Thanks mate!

This explains it...
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