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From Francesco PADOVANI <>
Subject ARTEMIS: bad-performance behaviour after 7-10 days of usage
Date Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:55:11 GMT
I'm using Apache Artemis as MQTT broker for our IOT projects.
It's a clean Artemis installation of version 1.5.1., on a server (CentOS 7) which has 2 vCPU,
8 GB of RAM (4GB of Heap Space dedicated to Artemis) and 50 GB of SSD data disk.
After the installation of artemis Broker we started to test it with about 10-15 clients constantly
connected, 150 subscribed topics and an average of 2 messages per minute per client. I think
these are not huge numbers, right?
For the few days after the installation, all was good and the broker worked perfectly: it
was fast and reliable. But day by day performances have decreased and after about 10 days
of usage it is became almost unusable: due to resources consumption. The following is my "top"
situation on the server:

top - 08:59:50 up 2 days, 22:09,  1 user,  load average: 2.56, 2.88, 3.00
Tasks:  92 total,   1 running,  91 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
%Cpu(s): 99.5 us,  0.5 sy,  0.0 ni,  0.0 id,  0.0 wa,  0.0 hi,  0.0 si,  0.0 st
KiB Mem :  7747288 total,   290968 free,  4697976 used,  2758344 buff/cache
KiB Swap:        0 total,        0 free,        0 used.  2734768 avail Mem

 4352 mqtt      20   0 7043380 4.348g  15192 S 200.0 58.9   6153:54 java
    1 root      20   0  128096   5176   2420 S   0.0  0.1   0:04.01 systemd

Now I can see the broker starting to page on disk almost always. For sure it's a wrong configuration
of ours. Currently, it seems that very old address/queue (and the related retained messages)
are always kept, making memory and cpu consuption growing more and more. And even after a
restart, the broker takes so much to get up. Before to become reachable, it starts to make
many management operations like, for example, retrieve data from paging, etc.. But I also
see the broker that starts to register old topics and queues we don't need. How to clean them?
How to make a topic/queue expire?

Inside my broker.xml I did set up the parameter last-value-queue=true, thinking that this
was the problem ....but it doesn't solve. Or better: probably it's me that I've not understood
the correct meaning of the parameter. I did check also the clients' parameters when they connect
to the broker, to be sure they don't set, for example, clean-session = false (saying the broker
to keep all messages also when a client disconnects). But they make it in the right way. The
only thing is that they don't specify a client-id. They connect by using a username/password
and certificate (over tls). So, every time a client connects, Artemis automatically provide
a random client-id for it (if I understood well).

Attached you can find my broker.xml configuration file: it's pretty much the same default
created during the installation procedure, but for the acceptors (which I've customized for
my MQTT purpose) and the addition of parameter last-value-queue = true inside the address-setting

Please: some of you could help me? How I have to configure my broker instance to understand
and solve these performance issues?

Thanks in advance



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