Troubleshooting Microservice’s OutOfMemoryError: Metaspace

Recently we confronted an interesting ‘java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Metaspace’ problem in a Microservice application. This Microservice application will run smoothly for initial few hours, later it will start to throw java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Metaspace. In this post let me share the steps we pursued to troubleshoot this problem.

Chaos Engineering – Simulating OutOfMemoryError

In the series of chaos engineering articles, we have been learning to simulate various performance problems. In this post, let’s discuss how to simulate ‘java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java Heap space’ problem. This ‘java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java Heap space’ will be thrown by the application when the application generates more objects than the allocated heap size. 

Simulating & troubleshooting OOMError in Kotlin

In this series of simulating and troubleshooting performance problems in Kotlin, let’s discuss how to simulate the ‘java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java Heap space’ problem. ‘java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java Heap space’ will be thrown by the application, when it generates more objects than the maximum configured heap size.

Memory leak due to improper exception handling

In this post let’s discuss an interesting memory problem we confronted in the production environment and how we went about solving it. This application would take traffic for a few hours after that it would become unresponsive. It wasn’t clear what was causing the unresponsiveness in the application.

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Benefits of setting initial and maximum memory size to the same value

When we launch applications, we specify the initial memory size and maximum memory size. For the applications that run on JVM (Java Virtual Machine), initial and maximum memory size is specified through ‘-Xms’ and ‘-Xmx’ arguments. If Java applications are running on containers, it’s specified through ‘-XX: InitialRAMPercentage’ and ‘-XX: MaxRAMPercentage’ arguments. Most enterprises set… Continue Reading →

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