[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Server slows down over time

Trevor Thornton trthorn2 at ncsu.edu
Wed Apr 28 12:23:04 EDT 2021

A place to start is to check the backend log for recurring warnings (the
same message repeated a bunch of times). This has been a clue for us in the
past, and it's something we overlooked because they were warnings and not
errors, but the things they were warning about had a cumulative effect on
performance. In our case (which was peculiar) the issue was that the
active_edit table was growing uncontrollably, and the warnings were about
record locks, which pointed us in the direction of the core problem.

On Wed, Apr 28, 2021 at 11:39 AM Clair, Kevin <kmc35 at psu.edu> wrote:

> Hi Tom,
> My first thought would be to bump the JAVA_XMX up. I run my local laptop
> testing setup with 3 GB. I don't remember what we set the production
> instance at in my last shop, but it was at least 4 (and it took some trial
> and error to finally settle on something).  -k
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> Hanstra <hanstra at nd.edu>
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> *Subject:* [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Server slows down over time
> We continue our trek to get ArchivesSpace running locally. We are
> currently doing a lot of testing with OAI and other background activity.
> What we are seeing in our work is that, over time, the server will slow
> down. Searches and updates which take just a few seconds after a restart
> later get to a point where they take 30-40 seconds or longer. Then we
> restart and things speed up again. I saw similar slowdowns when indexing
> but did not have the ability to restart then because that would have
> interrupted indexing.
> Have others seen these types of issues?  Is this a Java thing that might
> be happening? Or something else. My current Java settings are the values
> that come out of the box:
>     ASPACE_JAVA_XMX="-Xmx1024m"
>     ASPACE_JAVA_XSS="-Xss2m"
> I did increase these when I was indexing so perhaps they need to be
> tweaked again?  Are there ways of figuring out the proper values or is it
> just trial and error?
> Or am I barking up the wrong tree and it is something else entirely.
> Thanks for any suggestions you might have,
> Tom
> --
> *Tom Hanstra*
> *Sr. Systems Administrator*
> hanstra at nd.edu
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Trevor Thornton
Applications Developer, Digital Library Initiatives
North Carolina State University Libraries
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