Code review request: JDK-8001592 NMT: assertion failed: assert(_amount >= amt) failed: Just check: memBaseline.hpp:180

Zhengyu Gu at
Wed Nov 7 08:26:01 PST 2012

The assertion failure reflects that total memory that backs arenas are 
greater than total memory chunks for backing all arenas, which is 
obviously incorrect.

The problem is due to Arena object, although it is declared as C-heap 
object, but it is used as value objects and stack objects as well. Value 
and stack objects do not have tracking records in NMT, which can leave 
arena size records alone in NMT. Because NMT uses Arena's deallocation 
records to cleanup size records, that means those leftover size records 
are not get cleanup.

The solution is to use Arena's destructor to reset arena size to 0, and 
NMT uses this record to remove the corresponding record.

The webrev also cleanup Memsnapshot::merge() routine, since virtual 
memory records now are stored in separate array, malloc staging area can 
keep only one record for each address (whoever has higher sequence 
number win), which should reduce memory usage by NMT.


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