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From Shawn Heisey <>
Subject Re: Out Of Memory =( Too many cores on one server?
Date Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:46 GMT
On 11/21/2012 12:36 AM, stockii wrote:
> okay. i will try out more RAM.
> i am using not much caching because of "near-realt-time"-search. in this
> case its better to increase xmn or only xmx and xms?

I have personally found that increasing the size of the young generation 
(Eden) is beneficial to Solr, at least if you are using the parallel GC 
options.  I theorize that the collector for the young generation is more 
efficient than the full GC, but that's just a guess.  When I started 
doing that, the amount of time my Solr JVM spent doing garbage 
collection went way down, even though the number of garbage collections 
went up.

Lately I have been increasing the Eden size by using -XX:NewRatio=1 
rather than an explicit value on -Xmn.  This has one advantage - if you 
change the min/max heap size, the same value for NewRatio will still work.

Here are the options that I am currently using in production with Java6:


Here is what I am planning for the future with Solr4 and beyond with 
Java7,  including an environment variable for Xmx. Due to the 
experimental nature of the G1 collector, I would only trust it with the 
latest Java releases, especially for Java6.  The Unlock option is not 
required on Java7, only Java6.



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