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Requirements:  MODINVOICE-101 - Getting issue details... STATUS MODORDERS-311 - Getting issue details... STATUS MODORGS-45 - Getting issue details... STATUS

Memory issues detection approach

Throttled mode of service load is most convenient way to identify memory leaks or another memory utilization issues. The utility for emulation of load regime was implemented based on load and performance testing framework Gatling.

In scope of this investigation cyclic CRUD operations in 5 threads during 4 hours was used as base load. Monitoring of service operating was carried out with using the VisualVM profiler.

Deep analysis of the memory utilization was performed with using Eclipse Memory Analyzer on the basis of memory dumps prepared in advance during the operation of the service (after 1 hour of service operating).

Issues Found

JMX reporting based on Dropwizard metrics


The heap memory size is constantly increasing under load, reaches the maximum value for the container and a service failure occurs. The service does not recover after a load disconnect.

Detailed investigation

Emulation of the load on local environment showed the following results:



It should be noted that the memory growth trend is observed for both of mod-invoice and mod-invoice-storage modules. However, for the mod-invoice-storage  the process is more intensive. Therefore, invoices flow failure occurs at the mod-invoice-storage layer.

Heap dumps: mod-invoices.hprofmod-invoices-storage.hprof.

Heap dumps analysis showed that problem relates to Dropwizard metrics collecting.

After manual disabling of metrics collecting load test passes successfully with the following CPU/Heap utilization during 4 hours:



Heap dumps analysis showed that issue was fixed.


Disable Dropwizard metrics on production environment. For this purpose, it makes sense to refactor the existing code to exclude the hardcoded enabling of the metrics Moreover, Vert.X supports the enabling of metrics collecting as a key of the Java command line, so the possibility of its enabling can be saved if command line activation is used.

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  1. Howdy! Thank you for the thorough investigation. How do you disable Dropwizard metrics per each module?

  2. Will the command line option "-Dvertx.metrics.options.enabled=false" work or are we doing something in RMB above and beyond vertx to cause the memory problem?

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