Strange Long ParNew GC Pauses (Sample Code Included)

Jon Masamitsu jon.masamitsu at oracle.com
Wed May 13 23:06:43 UTC 2015



On 5/13/2015 11:40 AM, Srinivas Ramakrishna wrote:
> Hi Jon --
>
> My expectation is that for any large block spanning multiple cards, if 
> you walk the BOT entries for that block from lower addresses to higher 
> addresses, the BOT entries should be monotone increasing (albeit not 
> strictly monotone) until the last card for that block (but one). In 
> the example you gave below, is D > C > N_words, with the BOT entries 
> in some interior window of the same block/object going (low to high 
> addresses in the window) like " .... DDDDCCCCDDDD...." ? In other 
> words, there are lower-valued entries C within a range of 
> higher-valued entries D, with both C and D denoting logarithmic 
> entries for the block in question?

Yes, that's what I'm seeing.

>
> If you look in the BOT methods, there was a parameter "reducing" 
> passed to some of the mark_block() methods which was supposed to do 
> some kind of assertion checking towards maintenance of this 
> monotonicity, but looking at it now, that may not be sufficient and 
> the assert could be strengthened at the "end" of the range being 
> marked. More worryingly, I believe I had turned off even that assert 
> before I left (ca 6uXX?) because it was failing at that time, but the 
> corresponding bug hadn't been fixed, and seems as though it still 
> isn't. This might possibly  have some bearing on the non-monotonicity 
> in the entries you see.

Thanks for that bit of information.   So what I'm seeing is not
necessarily the cause for the long pauses.  But see my next comment.

>
> I'll hopefully get some time to go over this code again. I was looking 
> at the code on the train ride into work this morning, and trying to 
> remember the details, but have not quite delved again into all of its 
> details yet or why the assert I mention above should be failing.

After the logarithmic stride back to find the block containing the
start of the object, there is a object by object walk forward to find the
to find the start of the object

>    558    while (n <= addr) {
>    559      debug_only(HeapWord* last = q);   // for debugging
>    560      q = n;
>    561      n += _sp->block_size(n);
[...]

 From instrumentation I think the long pauses originate in this forward walk
(mostly in the block_size() method).   So maybe the BOT "DDDDDCCCCC...CDDDD"
indicates that BOT at the start of an objects is being trashed and we're
going way too far back.  I'm trying to use VerifyBlockOffsetArray but it 
seems to
have bit rotted.    I'll keep trying.

Jon

>
> It might be worthwhile (if it is possible) to do a bisect on whatever 
> the first known JDK (7uXX?) where the performance regression appears 
> and try to narrow down the change that may have caused the regression, 
> using James' test program. I have a sneaking suspicion (because of the 
> elided assert) that it might well be a change I had made towards 
> closing some BOT-walking/card-scanning cracks when initializing CMS 
> objects ca 6uXX.
>
> James, in case you have read thus far, can you provide the exact 
> version number of the 6uXX Oracle jdk you used that did _not_ show the 
> performance regression for your test program?
>
> Thanks!
> -- ramki
>
> On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 1:50 PM, Jon Masamitsu 
> <jon.masamitsu at oracle.com <mailto:jon.masamitsu at oracle.com>> wrote:
>
>     Ramki,
>
>     The logarithmic BOT is taking big steps back to
>     find the start of a large object.  But something is odd.
>
>     Is there a reason why the BOT entries would decrease for a while
>     and then increase without a value that gives the start of an object?
>
>     &_array->_offset_array[index] = 0xffffffff6550f600 "DDDDDDDDDDDDDD
>     ..."
>
>     and then down the road.
>
>      print &_array->_offset_array[0x110600U],
>     _array->_offset_array[0x10f600U >
>     &_array->_offset_array[0x110600U] = 0xffffffff65510600
>     "CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
>     CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
>     DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
>     DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
>     DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
>     DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
>     DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
>     DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
>
>     'D' is 0x44
>
>     N_words is 0x40
>
>     Jon
>
>
>     On 05/12/2015 08:46 AM, Srinivas Ramakrishna wrote:
>>     Thanks for that background Jon; I'll try and look at the 8uxx
>>     code and run James's example when I get a few spare cycles (which
>>     won't be soon, unfortunately).
>>
>>     -- ramki
>>
>>     ysr1729
>>
>>     On May 8, 2015, at 14:25, Jon Masamitsu <jon.masamitsu at oracle.com
>>     <mailto:jon.masamitsu at oracle.com>> wrote:
>>
>>>     Ramki,
>>>
>>>     I compared the memory/blockOffsetTable.* files between 6u35 and
>>>     7 and there
>>>     were essentially no differences.  The .cpp file had some changes
>>>     in assertions.
>>>     The other two were the same except for comments.
>>>
>>>     Between 6 and 6u35 (didn't pin point it), we changed from the rather
>>>     weak N_powers=3  :-) to N_powers=14.
>>>
>>>     There seem to be two problematic cases.
>>>
>>>     1)  Spike in ParNew times that lasts for 2 (or a few) GC's
>>>     2) Continually growing ParNew times
>>>
>>>     From just reading the CR
>>>
>>>     https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8079274
>>>
>>>     the test case seems to reproduce 1).  The test case
>>>     has a large object that lives till the application exits.
>>>     If it were a broken logarithmic BOT, I would not expect
>>>     the ParNew pauses to shrink again.
>>>
>>>     Jon
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>     On 5/8/2015 11:49 AM, Srinivas Ramakrishna wrote:
>>>>     This is indeed interesting...
>>>>
>>>>     Jesper, did you figure out why (as James seems to note) the
>>>>     problem is seen in JDK 8 but not in JDK 6 (he's using ParNew in
>>>>     both cases). Also, isn't the BOT logarithmic, which will allow
>>>>     threads to "quickly" traverse back to the start of even a large
>>>>     object? Did something change in the BOT that might have led to
>>>>     what James sees as a regression, or did the range that he
>>>>     characterizes as a "blind spot" merely move from one place to
>>>>     another?
>>>>
>>>>     Unfortunately, I have not been keeping up with the changes in
>>>>     this area and am not working with JDK 6 code much, so can't
>>>>     offer any clues, but am surprised that this would be a
>>>>     regression. (I would expect the same performance pathologies in
>>>>     this code to exist in 6 and forward -- has it been established
>>>>     conclusively that this is indeed a regression?)
>>>>
>>>>     thanks!
>>>>     -- ramki
>>>>
>>>>     On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 6:40 AM, James Lent <jlent at tivo.com
>>>>     <mailto:jlent at tivo.com>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>         The explanation of the problem added by Jesper Wilhelmsson
>>>>         on 2015-05-06 08:59 to JDK-8079274 is interesting, but, not
>>>>         very satisfying.
>>>>
>>>>         1) The problem affects more than this one specific
>>>>         breakpoint.  It impacts objects in at least the range of
>>>>         about 480M to 512M.  The comment "A larger object probably
>>>>         triggers some higher level code that are able to skip
>>>>         scanning of this part of the memory" does not inspire
>>>>         confidence. It makes even more concerned that we do not
>>>>         understand this issue and that there could be other
>>>>         triggers.  It seems like "the higher level code" has a 32M
>>>>         blind spot.  Further I can create scenarios where the GC
>>>>         code takes progressively longer to clear the issue. 
>>>>         Presumably it completes the lower block scan during each GC
>>>>         cycle.  Why does it take longer and longer each time (my
>>>>         guess is it has something to do with the number of objects
>>>>         moved to survivor space).  If I cache 1 in 100 instead of 1
>>>>         in 10 then there are 11 progressively slower ParNewGC
>>>>         (after several fast one) and the issue takes minutes to clear:
>>>>
>>>>         $ /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle/bin/java -verbose:gc
>>>>         -XX:+PrintGCTimeStamps -XX:+PrintGCDetails -XX:+UseParNewGC
>>>>         -XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC -Xmx4G -Xms4G LongParNewPause
>>>>         536870384 100 100
>>>>         0.308: [GC0.308: [ParNew: 272640K->3029K(306688K),
>>>>         0.0113180 secs] 796927K->527316K(4160256K), 0.0114040 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=0.05 sys=0.00, real=0.02 secs]
>>>>         0.367: [GC0.367: [ParNew: 275669K->7766K(306688K),
>>>>         0.0140840 secs] 799956K->532053K(4160256K), 0.0141630 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=0.04 sys=0.01, real=0.02 secs]
>>>>         0.430: [GC0.430: [ParNew: 280406K->10057K(306688K),
>>>>         0.0120810 secs] 804693K->534344K(4160256K), 0.0121690 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=0.05 sys=0.00, real=0.02 secs]
>>>>         0.490: [GC0.490: [ParNew: 282697K->15383K(306688K),
>>>>         0.0128540 secs] 806984K->539670K(4160256K), 0.0129390 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=0.05 sys=0.00, real=0.02 secs]
>>>>         0.551: [GC0.551: [ParNew: 288023K->21006K(306688K),
>>>>         0.0146480 secs] 812310K->545294K(4160256K), 0.0147650 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=0.05 sys=0.01, real=0.01 secs]
>>>>         0.613: [GC0.613: [ParNew: 293646K->26805K(306688K),
>>>>         0.0141250 secs] 817934K->551092K(4160256K), 0.0142050 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=0.05 sys=0.00, real=0.01 secs]
>>>>         0.675: [GC0.675: [ParNew: 299445K->24258K(306688K),
>>>>         0.4816840 secs] 823732K->551436K(4160256K), 0.4817620 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=1.90 sys=0.00, real=0.48 secs]
>>>>         1.205: [GC1.205: [ParNew: 296898K->17914K(306688K),
>>>>         3.4216550 secs] 824076K->547788K(4160256K), 3.4217180 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=13.50 sys=0.00, real=3.42 secs]
>>>>         4.674: [GC4.674: [ParNew: 290554K->17433K(306688K),
>>>>         6.3406820 secs] 820428K->550031K(4160256K), 6.3407410 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=25.00 sys=0.02, real=6.34 secs]
>>>>         11.062: [GC11.062: [ParNew: 290073K->17315K(306688K),
>>>>         10.9493130 secs] 822671K->552636K(4160256K), 10.9493890
>>>>         secs] [Times: user=42.98 sys=0.03, real=10.95 secs]
>>>>         22.059: [GC22.059: [ParNew: 289955K->17758K(306688K),
>>>>         16.0539650 secs] 825276K->555798K(4160256K), 16.0540250
>>>>         secs] [Times: user=62.44 sys=0.09, real=16.05 secs]
>>>>         38.161: [GC38.161: [ParNew: 290398K->17745K(306688K),
>>>>         20.6900820 secs] 828438K->558512K(4160256K), 20.6901420
>>>>         secs] [Times: user=80.79 sys=0.08, real=20.69 secs]
>>>>         58.898: [GC58.898: [ParNew: 290385K->21826K(306688K),
>>>>         24.6781700 secs] 831152K->565310K(4160256K), 24.6782710
>>>>         secs] [Times: user=95.58 sys=0.05, real=24.68 secs]
>>>>         83.625: [GC83.625: [ParNew: 294466K->21834K(306688K),
>>>>         30.3501800 secs] 837950K->568044K(4160256K), 30.3502610
>>>>         secs] [Times: user=115.80 sys=0.11, real=30.35 secs]
>>>>         114.022: [GC114.022: [ParNew: 294474K->21836K(306688K),
>>>>         33.6648800 secs] 840684K->570772K(4160256K), 33.6649390
>>>>         secs] [Times: user=127.38 sys=0.14, real=33.67 secs]
>>>>         147.736: [GC147.736: [ParNew: 294476K->18454K(306688K),
>>>>         38.9828430 secs] 843412K->570117K(4160256K), 38.9829040
>>>>         secs] [Times: user=149.14 sys=0.15, real=38.99 secs]
>>>>         186.766: [GC186.766: [ParNew: 291094K->26602K(306688K),
>>>>         39.8726730 secs] 842757K->580977K(4160256K), 39.8727330
>>>>         secs] [Times: user=156.35 sys=0.11, real=39.88 secs]
>>>>         226.686: [GC226.686: [ParNew: 299242K->26612K(306688K),
>>>>         0.0174470 secs] 853617K->583714K(4160256K), 0.0175300 secs]
>>>>         [Times: user=0.06 sys=0.00, real=0.02 secs]
>>>>
>>>>         2) The suggestion to use only 1 thread is not acceptable to
>>>>         me.  Use parallel GC with one thread?  Further it did not
>>>>         work for me (in fact it made things worse).  "user" time
>>>>         does now equal "real" time (and the new size is 1/4 as big)
>>>>         so I think the parameter took effect:
>>>>
>>>>         $ /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle/bin/java -verbose:gc
>>>>         -XX:+PrintGCTimeStamps -XX:+PrintGCDetails -XX:+UseParNewGC
>>>>         -XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC -Xmx4G -Xms4G
>>>>         -XX:ParallelGCThreads=1 LongParNewPause 536870384 100 10
>>>>         0.226: [GC (Allocation Failure) 0.226: [ParNew:
>>>>         68160K->6980K(76672K), 0.0489756 secs]
>>>>         592447K->531267K(4185792K), 0.0490718 secs] [Times:
>>>>         user=0.05 sys=0.00, real=0.05 secs]
>>>>         0.291: [GC (Allocation Failure) 0.291: [ParNew:
>>>>         75140K->8512K(76672K), 29.8707281 secs]
>>>>         599427K->539479K(4185792K), 29.8707954 secs] [Times:
>>>>         user=29.80 sys=0.00, real=29.88 secs]
>>>>         30.180: [GC (Allocation Failure) 30.180: [ParNew:
>>>>         76672K->8093K(76672K), 30.6357699 secs]
>>>>         607639K->545772K(4185792K), 30.6358257 secs] [Times:
>>>>         user=30.57 sys=0.00, real=30.63 secs]
>>>>         60.837: [GC (Allocation Failure) 60.837: [ParNew:
>>>>         76253K->6830K(76672K), 69.2115255 secs]
>>>>         613932K->552169K(4185792K), 69.2115783 secs] [Times:
>>>>         user=69.05 sys=0.01, real=69.22 secs]
>>>>         130.068: [GC (Allocation Failure) 130.068: [ParNew:
>>>>         74990K->8226K(76672K), 132.5118903 secs]
>>>>         620329K->560381K(4185792K), 132.5119459 secs] [Times:
>>>>         user=132.21 sys=0.00, real=132.52 secs]
>>>>         262.603: [GC (Allocation Failure) 262.603: [ParNew:
>>>>         76386K->8512K(76672K), 0.0400138 secs]
>>>>         628541K->568748K(4185792K), 0.0400687 secs] [Times:
>>>>         user=0.04 sys=0.00, real=0.04 secs]
>>>>
>>>>         3) Applications should not be expected to tune the GC
>>>>         settings to account for the size of one static object.  The
>>>>         connection between the size of this object and the GC
>>>>         performance was not easy to even find.  Further the
>>>>         parameter ParGCCardsPerStrideChunk is pretty low level and
>>>>         not one I think many application developers are familiar with.
>>>>
>>>>         Error: VM option 'ParGCCardsPerStrideChunk' is diagnostic
>>>>         and must be enabled via -XX:+UnlockDiagnosticVMOptions.
>>>>         Error: Could not create the Java Virtual Machine.
>>>>         Error: A fatal exception has occurred. Program will exit.
>>>>
>>>>         4) I can not reproduce this issue in Oracle 6.  This
>>>>         appears to be a regression.  How can fixing a regression be
>>>>         called an enhancement request?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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