Running with Server GC in a Small Container Scenario Part 0

This week I was able to get some time to work on the container stuff with low memory limits. As many of you have expressed your dissatisfaction on how Server GC behaves with low memory limit specified on containers on github, I have to apologize that I am just doing this now. Really sorry that…

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You Should Never See This Callstack in Production

A customer who just experienced some server outage asked us for help as they thought it was due to some very long GC pauses. I thought this diagnostics exercise might be useful for other folks as well so I am sharing it with you. We had them collect a GCCollectOnly trace which showed there were…

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Middle Ground between Server and Workstation GC

A long time ago I wrote about using Workstation GC on server applications when you have many instances of your server app running on the same machine. By default Server GC will treat the process as owning the machine so it uses all CPUs to do the GC work. More and more folks find themselves…

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Get This Fantastic Book about .NET Memory Management!

If you are reading my blog chances are you care about .NET memory performance, most likely a lot. Our GC source is on github for anyone to look at. If you are curious enough, you could absolutely learn a lot about our GC by cloning our coreclr repo, building it, and stepping through the GC…

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GLAD Part 2

2 years ago I had a blog entry to introduce the GLAD (GC Latency Analysis and Diagnostics) library which provides much more insight into the GC heap performance than perf counters and takes care of interpreting raw GC ETW events so our users don’t have to do that work themselves. Since then I have not…

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Cloud Gal interview

Microsoft recently started a new series called “Cloud Gal” that promotes female software developers. They interviewed me last week and the episode just became live on Channel9. This was supposed to be pretty lighthearted so I stayed very high level when I talked about GC (turned out it was harder to talk on such high…

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No GCs for your allocations?

Several people mentioned Java’s “no GC” GC proposal and asked if we can add such a thing. So I thought it deserves a blog post. Short answer – we already have such a feature and that’s called the NoGCRegion. The GC.TryStartNoGCRegion API allows you to tell us the amount of allocations you’d like to do…

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How to evaluate info you read on garbage collectors

Just a word before I actually start this blog entry – I apologize for approving some of the comments so late – it appears that our blogs’ policy has changed and it would make some comments as pending without obvious reasons to me. Also as one of the ways to support the community I was…

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GLAD is available

End of last year I mentioned we wanted to provide an API for you to really investigate GC/managed memory related performance called GLAD. Well, the source finally got opened source on github. So GLAD is available. The repo is called PerfView but you actually just need the TraceEvent project (but it’s much easier to just…

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Working through things on other OSs

We just shipped CoreCLR 1.0. That was a significant milestone for us – now we officially run on non Windows OSs and that’s very exciting. Folks who told me that they really missed using C# or wanted to use C# but couldn’t because they were not using Windows can now do so. Yay! For GC…

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