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Linux 2.6 - man page for erts_alloc_config (linux section 3erl)

erts_alloc_config(3erl) 	     Erlang Module Definition		  erts_alloc_config(3erl)

       erts_alloc_config - Configuration tool for erts_alloc

       erts_alloc_config  is  currently  an  experimental  tool  and might be subject to backward
       incompatible changes.

       erts_alloc(3erl)  is  an  Erlang  Run-Time  System  internal  memory  allocator	 library.
       erts_alloc_config is intended to be used to aid creation of an erts_alloc(3erl) configura-
       tion that is suitable for a limited number of runtime scenarios.  The  configuration  that
       erts_alloc_config  produce  is intended as a suggestion, and may need to be adjusted manu-

       The configuration is created based on information about a number of runtime scenarios.  It
       is  obviously  impossible  to foresee every runtime scenario that can occur. The important
       scenarios are those that cause maximum or minimum load on specific memory allocators. Load
       in this context is total size of memory blocks allocated.

       The  current  implementation  of  erts_alloc_config concentrate on configuration of multi-
       block carriers. Information gathered when a runtime scenario is saved  is  mainly  current
       and maximum use of multi-block carriers. If a parameter that change the use of multi-block
       carriers is changed, a previously generated configuration is invalid and erts_alloc_config
       needs  to  be  run again. It is mainly the single block carrier threshold that effects the
       use of multi-block carriers, but other single-block carrier parameters might as	well.  If
       another	value  of  a  single block carrier parameter than the default is desired, use the
       desired value when running erts_alloc_config .

       A configuration is created in the following way:

	 * Pass the +Mea config command-line flag to the Erlang runtime system you are	going  to
	   use for creation of the allocator configuration. It will disable features that prevent
	   erts_alloc_config from doing its job. Note, you should not use this	flag  when  using
	   the created configuration. Also note that it is important that you use the same amount
	   of schedulers when creating the configuration as you are going the use on  the  system
	   using the configuration.

	 * Run your applications with different scenarios (the more the better) and save informa-
	   tion about each scenario by calling save_scenario/0 . It may be hard to know when  the
	   applications  are  at  an  (for erts_alloc_config ) important runtime scenario. A good
	   approach may therefore be to call save_scenario/0 repeatedly, e.g.  once  every  tenth
	   second.  Note  that it is important that your applications reach the runtime scenarios
	   that are important for erts_alloc_config when you are saving scenarios; otherwise, the
	   configuration may perform bad.

	 * When  you have covered all scenarios, call make_config/1 in order to create a configu-
	   ration. The configuration is written to a file that you have chosen.  This  configura-
	   tion  file  can later be read by an Erlang runtime-system at startup. Pass the command
	   line argument -args_file FileName to the erl(1) command.

	 * The configuration produced by erts_alloc_config may need to be  manually  adjusted  as
	   already  stated.  Do  not modify the file produced by erts_alloc_config ; instead, put
	   your modifications in another file and load this  file  after  the  file  produced  by
	   erts_alloc_config . That is, put the -args_file FileName argument that reads your mod-
	   ification file later on the command-line than the -args_file  FileName  argument  that
	   reads  the  configuration  file produced by erts_alloc_config . If a memory allocation
	   parameter appear multiple times, the last version of will be used, i.e., you can over-
	   ride  parameters  in  the  configuration file produced by erts_alloc_config . Doing it
	   this way simplifies things when you want to rerun erts_alloc_config .

       The configuration created by erts_alloc_config may perform bad, ever horrible, for runtime
       scenarios that are very different from the ones saved when creating the configuration. You
       are, therefore, advised to rerun erts_alloc_config if the applications run when	the  con-
       figuration was made are changed, or if the load on the applications have changed since the
       configuration was made. You are also advised to rerun erts_alloc_config if the Erlang run-
       time system used is changed.

       erts_alloc_config saves information about runtime scenarios and performs computations in a
       server  that  is  automatically	started.  The  server  register  itself  under	the  name
       '__erts_alloc_config__' .

       save_scenario() -> ok | {error, Error}

	      Types  Error = term()

	      save_scenario/0 saves information about the current runtime scenario. This informa-
	      tion will later be used when make_config/0 , or make_config/1 is called.

	      The first time save_scenario/0 is called a server will be started. This server will
	      save runtime scenarios. All saved scenarios can be removed by calling stop/0 .

       make_config() -> ok | {error, Error}

	      Types  Error = term()

	      This is the same as calling make_config(group_leader()) .

       make_config(FileNameOrIODev) -> ok | {error, Error}

	      Types  FileNameOrIODev = string() | io_device()
		     Error = term()

	      make_config/1  uses the information previously saved by save_scenario/0 in order to
	      produce an erts_alloc configuration. At least one scenario have had  to  be  saved.
	      All scenarios previously saved will be used when creating the configuration.

	      If  FileNameOrIODev  is  a  string()  , make_config/1 will use FileNameOrIODev as a
	      filename. A file named FileNameOrIODev is created and  the  configuration  will  be
	      written  to  that file. If FileNameOrIODev is an io_device() (see the documentation
	      of the module io ), the configuration will be written to the io device.

       stop() -> ok | {error, Error}

	      Types  Error = term()

	      Stops the server that saves runtime scenarios.

       erts_alloc(3erl) , erl(1) , io(3erl)

Ericsson AB			       runtime_tools 1.8.5		  erts_alloc_config(3erl)

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