solaris 8 threading

Posted by anton
on Sunday, August 06, 2006

another quick joyous encounter: one of the co-workers was half-heartedly beating his head for a month against a heavily-threaded java-based app from a third-party vendor. the app ran on solaris sparc 8 and with 4-way box it drove the sysload above 100 (!), while cpu utilization would remain below 20% and prstat showed more than a thousand threads. in a passing i asked him if he tried alternative thread library (another reference) - i have always used it for our java app servers on solaris 8, but never saw any notable improvement, since there would be less than a hundred threads per JVM. in this case, however, the library solved the problem - the system load instantly dropped down to 1-2.

initially i liked M-to-M solaris 8 thread library, since its complexity was quite sexiful to anyone studying it theoretically, but apparently a simpler threading model is much more effective in the long run from many perspectives, and this is why it became the default in solaris 9.

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