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From Shawn Heisey <>
Subject Re: Growing memory?
Date Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:08:17 GMT
On 4/14/2016 12:45 PM, Betsey Benagh wrote:
> I'm running solr 6.0.0 in server mode. I have one core. I loaded about 2000 documents
in, and it was using about 54 MB of memory. No problem. Nobody was issuing queries or doing
anything else, but over the course of about 4 hours, the memory usage had tripled to 152 MB.
I shut solr down and restarted it, and saw the memory usage back at 54 MB. Again, with no
queries or anything being executed against the core, the memory usage is creeping up - after
17 minutes, it was up to 60 MB. I've looked at the documentation for how to limit memory usage,
but I want to understand why it's creeping up when nothing is happening, lest it run out of
memory when I limit the usage. The machine is running CentOS 6.6, if that matters, with Java

When you start Solr 5.0 or later directly from the download or directly
after installing it with the service installer script (on *NIX
platforms), Solr starts with a 512MB Java heap.  You can change this if
you need to -- most Solr users do need to increase the heap size to a
few gigabytes.

Java uses a garbage collection memory model.  It's perfectly normal
during the operation of a Java program, even one that is not doing
anything you can see, for the memory utilization to rise up to the
configured heap size.  This is simply how things work in systems using a
garbage collection memory model.

Where exactly are you looking to find the memory utilization?  In the
admin UI, that number will go up over time, until one of the memory
pools gets full and Java does a garbage collection, and then it will
likely go down again.  From the operating system point of view, the
resident memory usage will increase up to a point (when the entire heap
has been allocated) and probably never go back down -- but it also
shouldn't go up either.


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