RFR(XS) 8213250 CDS archive creation aborts due to metaspace object allocation failure

Calvin Cheung calvin.cheung at oracle.com
Fri Nov 2 19:30:34 UTC 2018

Hi Ioi,

The revised webrev looks good.

The following is removed from systemDictionaryShared.cpp:
831     log_info(cds, verification)("Recorded verification constraints 
for %d classes = %d bytes (avg = %.2f bytes) ", count, bytes, avg);

Please make sure no test is expecting the above output.

Line 790 in the same file is a bit too long, consider break it into 2 lines.


On 11/1/18, 9:47 PM, Ioi Lam wrote:
> Hi,
> I've revised the webrev to get to the the root of the problem -- we 
> shouldn't allocate metaspace objects from within the VM Thread!
> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~iklam/jdk12/8213250-cds-dump-run-out-of-metaspace.v02/ 
> The original bug that caused the "!(DumpSharedSpaces && 
> THREAD->is_VM_thread())" check to be added in Metaspace::allocate() was
>     https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8196626
>     UseAppCDS.java crashes with "VM thread using lock Heap_lock (not 
> allowed to block on)"
> The fix in JDK-8196626 is just a band-aid solution -- avoiding the GC. 
> The proper fix is not to do any allocation inside the VM thread. So 
> instead of calling finalize_verification_constraints, which allocates 
> MetaspaceObjs, very late in the CDS dumping process, now we call be as 
> soon as a class has been verified.
> Thanks
> - Ioi
> On 11/1/18 11:07 AM, Ioi Lam wrote:
>> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8213250
>> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~iklam/jdk12/8213250-cds-dump-run-out-of-metaspace.v01/ 
>> When Metaspace::allocate() fails, usually we first try to GC to see if
>> some MetaspaceObjs can be freed. This is an optimization to avoid 
>> prematurely
>> expanding the metaspace.
>> However, GC cannot run in the last phase of CDS which runs inside the 
>> VM thread.
>> The old code just aborts the CDS dump. The fix is to unconditionally 
>> expand the
>> metaspace without doing a GC.
>> (During GC dump time, no classes are unloaded, so even if we force a 
>> GC, it would
>> not free up any metaspace anyway).
>> Testing:
>> Before the fix, the test case (jruby) would fail to dump once a 
>> couple of times. Now
>> it has dumped hundreds of times without failure.
>> I am also running hs-tier 1/2
>> Thanks
>> - Ioi

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