RFR: 8062063: Usage of UseHugeTLBFS, UseLargePagesInMetaspace and huge SurvivorAlignmentInBytes cause crashes in CMBitMapClosure::do_bit

Kim Barrett kim.barrett at oracle.com
Thu Jan 8 19:05:47 UTC 2015

On Jan 8, 2015, at 12:59 PM, Stefan Johansson <stefan.johansson at oracle.com> wrote:
> Sorry for doing a re-spin on this, but since this is targeted to go into 8 as well I want to minimize the risk of introducing a regression.
> After yesterdays comments I started thinking more about what regressions this fix might cause and today I've had good discussions with Thomas and Mikael. I've also did some quick measurements that shows additional time for the YCs expanding the heap after a shrink. Since we don't really need the heap regions to be cleared I think we need to avoid this regression, by going with another solution and I don't think having this time added to the full GC shrinking the heap is wanted either.
> The first proposal that is explained in the bug-report would avoid clearing memory that don't have to be cleared, but just doing the simple solution explained there might cause startup regressions due to touching memory during startup that isn't needed. Mixing that approach with the one proposed yesterday will allow us to only clear memory when absolutely needed. See new webrev here:
> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~sjohanss/8062063/hotspot.01
> This approach leaves the clearing to the listener registered with each mapper and for the bitmaps this will make sure that they are cleared, but for the heap we won't do anything (because the heap has no requirement of having zeroed backing memory).

I think I might prefer having the new bitmap called _zero_filled and
flip the sense of it.  The present name, _needs_zeroing, is mildly
confusing to me, since whether zeroing is needed is caller-dependent.

It seems to me this new version can result in unnecessary page
clearing; commit will return true if any page in the range is not
zeroed.  This can lead to a caller that needs zeroed pages clearing
the entire requested range, even if only some (perhaps small) subset
of the range is actually dirty.

Of course, the previous attempted fix also had unnecessary page
clearing, since dirty pages were being cleared even if the caller
doesn't care.  The new code seems likely to be an improvement overall.

In the context of fixing the bug at hand, I think this change looks
good, up to the naming and sense of the new bit map.

But it looks like the API provided by G1PageBasedVirtualSpace is less
than ideal in this area, and could perhaps use further work.  Though
it might not be worth worrying about, as the cases where it matters
may be rare and not especially important.

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