How to Tune Garbage Collection in Java

Garbage collection is the mechanism by which the JVM reclaims memory on behalf of the application when it's no longer needed. At a high level, it consists of finding objects that are no longer in use, freeing the memory associated with those objects, and occasionally compacting the heap to prevent memory fragmentation.

The garbage collector performs it's work using one or more threads. But in order to do the job of tracking down object references and moving objects around in memory, it needs...

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