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From "Kelly Kleinfelder" <ke...@unboundmedicine.com>
Subject runaway threads eating cpu cycles on Solaris 7
Date Thu, 15 Feb 2001 20:43:22 GMT
We are running Tomcat 3.2.1 and Solaris 7 on a Sun e250 with 4 400Mhz processors. The problem
we're having is that one thread is chewing up the majority of the cpu cycles and sometimes
causes tomcat to hang.

I have included sample mpstat data and the output from ps -L -p PID:

ps -L -p 26361
   PID   LWP TTY     LTIME CMD
 26361     1 ?        0:03 java
 26361    22 ?        1:02 java
 26361    23 ?       40:57 java
 26361    24 ?        1:43 java
 26361    26 ?        0:09 java
 26361    67 ?        0:03 java
 (24 entries deleted for brevity. All were at 0:00 LTIME)

mpstat 30
CPU minf mjf xcal  intr ithr  csw icsw migr smtx  srw syscl  usr sys  wt idl
  0   12   0   12     6    4   17    0    1    0    0    75    0   3   1  96
  1    6   0    6     4    1   14    3    0    0    0    52   59   1   1  39
  2    0   0    0    64   62   12    2    0    0    0    20   41   1   1  57
  3    4   0   14   203    3   27    0    1    0    0    26    0   0   0 100
CPU minf mjf xcal  intr ithr  csw icsw migr smtx  srw syscl  usr sys  wt idl
  0    0   0    1     3    2   16    0    1    1    0    51    1   3   1  95
  1    0   0    0     5    1    6    4    0    0    0     3   81   0   0  19
  2    0   0    2    19   19   17    0    1    0    0    16    0   0   0 100
  3    4   0   13   202    2   15    1    1    0    0    41   19   2   0  78
CPU minf mjf xcal  intr ithr  csw icsw migr smtx  srw syscl  usr sys  wt idl
  0    4   0    5     5    5   17    0    1    1    0    70    1   2   1  96
  1    4   0    0     5    1   11    4    0    0    0    36   84   0   0  15
  2    2   0    4    26   26   28    0    1    0    0    81    2   0   0  98
  3    0   0   20   204    4   19    1    0    0    0    24   14   0   0  86

Before today, this was happening about every 3 days. Today it happened 5 hours apart. By going
through our logs, we have determined that this is not caused by any specific user action.
It is also not caused by server load, as it mostly happens with less than 5 users accessing
the application. It is also not a gradual thing. Our sar statistics show that our processor
idle time is 98% and then 5 minutes later it's down to 83% and in another 5 minutes, it's
at 49%.

Is there any way that I can tell exactly what is happening in the offending thread?

Any other ideas on what's causing this problem?

Thanks,
Kelly

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