7 JVM arguments of Highly Effective Applications

At the time (March 2020) of writing this article there are 600+ arguments that you can pass to JVM just around Garbage collection and memory. If you include other aspects, total JVM arguments count will easily cross 1000+. 😊. It’s way too many arguments for anyone to digest and comprehend. In this article, we are highlighting seven important JVM arguments that you may find it useful.

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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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VIRTUAL MACHINE ERROR

Java.lang.VirtualMachineError is thrown when Java virtual machine encounters any internal error or resource limitation which prevents it from functioning. It’s a self-defensive mechanism employed by JVM to prevent entire application from crashing. In this article lets discuss different types of VirtualMachineError, their characteristics, reasons why they get triggered and potentials solutions to fix them.

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MICROMETRICS FOR CI/CD PIPELINE

Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) has become central to software development. To ensure high-quality software releases smoke tests, regression tests, performance tests, static code analysis & security scans are run in CI/CD pipeline. Despite of all these quality measures, still OutOfMemoryError, CPU spikes, unresponsiveness, degradation in response time are surfacing in production environment.

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WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND THE SCENE – FINALIZE() METHOD?

“What is the purpose of finalize() method?” is one of the often asked Java interview questions. The typical answer to it is: “Usual purpose of finalize() method is to perform cleanup actions before the object is discarded”. However, behind the scene, finalize() method are handled in a special way. A small mistake in finalize() method has the potential to jeopardize entire application’s availability. Let’s study it in detail.

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