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From Kevan Miller <>
Subject Re: unexpected high cpu load
Date Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:04:56 GMT

On Mar 22, 2010, at 2:56 PM, Marco Laponder wrote:

> Hi,
> I am experiencing,while running my web application, a very high load on
> the system where Geronimo is running (4 cpu's are busy). 
> I tried to find the cause of the problem by sending a kill -3 and
> inspecting the java vm thread dump. I attached it to this mail but I
> couldn't detect the cause of the problem of the CPU usage. 
> A number of threads are in the containsKey on the hashmap triggered by
> the getResource on the MultiParentClassLoader which strikes me as odd,
> can this be the source of the problem ? 
> Are there other ways to determine why the CPU is load is this heavy? Any
> tips are appreciated. 

One simple test is to create several thread dumps and compare the two. Java profiling tools,
java debugger, logging, etc. (in no particular order) are additional techniques...

Looking at your thread dump, I see 4 threads in NavigatorTalkbackMgr.getMessage() doing a
wait() (I assume they have a relatively long or infinite wait time) and 4 threads in MultiParentClassLoader.getResource().
The getResource calls definitely look suspicious... 

I'll bet a beverage of choice that there's been a concurrent read/write on the resourcesNotFound
HashMap, the write thread caused the HashMap to be resized, and the read threads are now stuck
in an infinite loop in HashMap.containsKey(). MultiParentClassLoader.getResource() is definitely
wrong and needs to prevent concurrent access to the resourcesNotFound HashMap.

Please create a Jira -- patches are also welcome! :)

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