MEMORY WASTED BY SPRING BOOT APPLICATION

One of the widely wasted resources in the world today is: Memory. Due to inefficient programming, surprising (sometimes ‘shocking’) amount of memory is wasted. We see this pattern repeated in several enterprise applications. To prove this case, we conducted a small study. We analyzed the famous spring boot pet clinic application to see how much memory it is wasting. This application has been designed by the community to show how the spring application framework can be used to build simple but powerful database-oriented applications.

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TCP: out of memory — consider tuning tcp_mem

Recently we experienced an interesting production problem. This application was running on multiple AWS EC2 instances behind Elastic Load Balancer. The application was running on GNU/Linux OS, Java 8, Tomcat 8 application server. All of sudden one of the application instances became unresponsive. All other application instances were handling the traffic properly. Whenever the HTTP request was sent to this application instance from the browser, we were getting following response to be printed on the browser.

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LARGE OR SMALL MEMORY SIZE FOR MY APP?

Should I be running my application with few instances (i.e. machines) with large memory size or a lot of instances with small memory size? Which strategy is optimal? This question might be confronted often. After building applications for 2 decades, after building JVM performance engineering/troubleshooting tools (GCeasyFastThreadHeapHero), I still don’t know the right answer to this question. At the same time, I believe there is no binary answer to this question as well. In this article, I would like to share my observations and experiences on this topic.

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