This RFE was addressed fixed as part of the changes for 6923430:
Date: 2011-02-02 10:41 -0800
6923430: G1: assert(res != 0,"This should have worked.")
7007446: G1: expand the heap with a single step, not one region at a time
Summary: Changed G1CollectedHeap::expand() to expand the committed space by calling VirtualSpace::expand_by() once rather than for every region in the expansion amount. This allows the success or failure of the expansion to be determined before creating any heap regions. Introduced a develop flag G1ExitOnExpansionFailure (false by default) that, when true, will exit the VM if the expansion of the committed space fails. Finally G1CollectedHeap::expand() returns a status back to it's caller so that the caller knows whether to attempt the allocation.
Reviewed-by: brutisso, tonyp