Thread Test on HotSpot 1.6

This section provides a tutorial example to see how many running threads can be supported on HotSpot 1.6.0_02 Client and Server JVMs.

After installing JDK 6u2, I tested the CrashThread.java program again on a Windows XP system. Here are the results.

Both HotSpot Client and HotSpot Server 1.6.0_02 have no problem with 16 threads.

With 32 threads running, HotSpot Client 1.6.0_02 took 99% of the CPU time according to the report from Windows Task Manager. The system was not jammed. But it became sluggish.

With 32 threads running, HotSpot Server 1.6.0_02 also took 99% of the CPU time according to the report from Windows Task Manager. But the system response time was much better that HotSpot client test.

With 128 threads running under HotSpot Client 1.6.0_02. The system became very sluggish. But I was able to launch other applications.

With 128 threads running under HotSpot Server 1.6.0_02. The system became sluggish. But everything is working fine.

With 512 threads running under HotSpot Server 1.6.0_02. The system became very sluggish. But the system was not totally frozen. I was still able to use a text editor to types these notes.

Obviously, there has been a major thread management improvement of JDK 1.6.0 on a Windows XP system over JDK 1.4.0 on a Windows 2000 system.

Another interesting observation was that JDK 1.6.0 took some time (about 5 minutes) to launch all 512 threads, see the timestamps recorded below. May be extra time was spend on requesting more memory from the Windows system.

10:24:08 PM Launched thread 1
10:24:08 PM Launched thread 2
10:24:08 PM Launched thread 3
10:24:08 PM Launched thread 4
...
10:28:59 PM Launched thread 508
10:28:59 PM Launched thread 509
10:28:59 PM Launched thread 510
10:28:59 PM Launched thread 511
10:28:59 PM Launched thread 512

Last update: 2007.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Downloading and Installing JDK 1.8.0 on Windows

 Downloading and Installing JDK 1.7.0 on Windows

 java.lang.Runtime Class - The JVM Instance

 java.lang.System Class - The Operating System

 ClassLoader Class - Class Loaders

 Class Class - Class Reflections

 Sun's JVM - Java HotSpot VM

 JRockit JVM 28.2.7 by Oracle Corporation

 JVM Runtime Data Areas

 Memory Management and Garbage Collectors

 Garbage Collection Tests

 JVM Stack, Frame and Stack Overflow

Thread Testing Program and Result

 CrashThread2.java - Thread Testing Program

 Thread Test on HotSpot 1.7

 Thread Test on JRockit 28.7

 Thread Test on HotSpot 1.4 and JRockit 7.0

Thread Test on HotSpot 1.6

 CPU Impact of Multi-Thread Applications

 I/O Impact of Multi-Thread Applications

 CDS (Class Data Sharing)

 Micro Benchmark Runner and JVM Options

 Micro Benchmark Tests on "int" Operations

 Micro Benchmark Tests on "long" Operations

 Micro Benchmark Tests in JIT Compilation Mode

 Micro Benchmark Tests on "float" and "double" Operations

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version