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Memory consumption on Solaris-10

Jay Pe
Jay Pe asked
Last Modified: 2018-02-07
We have two Solaris-10 x86 servers with below details, both are on VMWare -
bad-server - 4 GB memory and 2 vCPU
good-server - 16 GM memory and 4 vCPU

There is an application running on both servers, which query something and read from a file. Queries are failing on bad-server, while good-server is fine. If I check sar reports on bad-server, total memory utilization is never going higher than 30%.

Upon further investigation, we see that once PID 1243 (this is process id of that application) consumes 900 MB of RSS (from prstat output), queries starts failing. We attached that PID with truss and found below line
/1243:   1.6180 open("/export/correctaddress/data/ltravel.wrk", O_RDONLY) = 23

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It takes more than one second, and this fails the query, while on good-server, it takes around 0.030 seconds. When this happens, application should be restarted and then total RSS would be 100 MB. After couple of hours, it would be 300 MB, then 500 MB and once it will hit near 900 MB, queries will again fail. This makes application has to be started every 7-8 hours. Can somebody explain this, when memory consumption is never reaching over 30% ? We would have increased its CPU and memory to match good server, but it should tell us, if it crossing threshold value.
Thanks in advance.
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