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From "Minutello, Nick" <>
Subject Interesting OutOfMemoryError on a 170M index
Date Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:36:11 GMT


I have a bit of an interesting OutOfMemoryError that I'm trying to
figure out.

My client & Solr server are running in the same JVM (for deployment
simplicity). FWIW, I'm using Jetty to host Solr. I'm using the supplied
code for the http-based client interface. Solr 1.3.0.

My app is adding about 20,000 documents per minute to the index - one at
a time (it is listening to an event stream and for every event, it adds
a new document to the index).
The size of the documents, however, is tiny - the total index growth is
only about 170M (after about 1 hr and the OutOfMemoryError)
At this point, there is zero querying happening - just updates to the
index (only adding documents, no updates or deletes)
After about an hour or so, my JVM runs out of heap space - and if I look
at the memory utilisation over time, it looks like a classic memory
leak. It slowly ramps up until we end up with constant FULL GC's and
eventual OOME. Max heap space is 512M.

In Solr, I'm using autocommit (to buffer the updates)

(Aside: Now, I'm not sure if I am meant to call commit or not on the
client SolrServer class if I am using autocommit - but as it turns out,
I get OOME whether I do that or not)

Any suggestions/advice of quick things to check before I dust off the

Thanks in advance.


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