AppCDS for Spring Boot applications: first contact

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Application Class Data Sharing (AppCDS) is a JVM feature for startup acceleration and memory saving. Originated from HotSpot of JDK 1.5 (back in 2004), it had been staying quite limited and partly commercial for a long time. But in OpenJDK 10 (2018), it became widely available and significantly more applicable. Moreover, recently released Java 13 made the feature application even more simple.

The idea behind AppCDS is to “share” once loaded classes between JVM instances on the same host. It seems that it should be fit for microservices, especially for Spring Boot “broilers” that have thousands of library classes, because the JVM would not need to load (parse and verify) those classes on every start of every instance, and those classes would not duplicate in memory. Consequently, the startup should become faster and memory footprint should be smaller. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

That’s right. But if you’re used to not believing street banners but checked facts and measures, then welcome aboard! Let’s find out what it’s like truly…

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Vladimir Plizga
Vladimir Plizga
Software Engineer

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