JDK-6578152 : fill_region_with_object has usability and safety issues
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: hotspot
  • Sub-Component: gc
  • Affected Version: 7
  • Priority: P4
  • Status: Resolved
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: generic
  • CPU: generic
  • Submitted: 2007-07-09
  • Updated: 2010-12-08
  • Resolved: 2009-01-30
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SharedHeap::fill_region_with_object has some issues with ...

Usability:  it requires a MemRegion to be passed in, but its designated purpose means that a MemRegion is almost never available at the call site, so one must be constructed just for the call, causing unnecessary obfuscation.

Safety:  it will silently fail to properly fill large regions.


EVALUATION http://hg.openjdk.java.net/jdk7/hotspot-gc/hotspot/rev/7d7a7c599c17

EVALUATION Usability: Move the filler object creation code from SharedHeap to CollectedHeap since all collectors inherit from CollectedHeap. Change the interface to accept a start address and length in words and include an overloaded inline method that accepts a MemRegion for compability. Replace the custom filler object code in PSMarkSweepDecorator::insert_deadspace() and CompactibleSpace::insert_deadspace() with calls to the common routines. Use a separate Klass oop for for the filler objs (at least those large enough to be filled with an array) so they can be distinguished from user-created int arrays. Safety: allow filling of large regions (>= 8G, the largest int array) in the 64-bit VM with a routine that can create multiple filler objects. Misc: tighten up the implementation of arrayOopDesc::max_array_length(); the prior version did not use MinObjAlignment and was off by 2.