An important tuning flag for OpenDJ with 64bit JVM…

If you’re running OpenDJ with a 64bit JVM with less than 32GB of heap size, be aware of the need to explicitly set the -XX:+UseCompressedOops option (unless you want to disable it).

Compressed oops is supported and enabled by default in Java SE 6u23 and later, when running a 64bit JBM with a value of -Xmx lower than 32GB. You can find more information about Compressed Oops in Java technical notes here: http://download.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/technotes/guides/vm/performance-enhancements-7.html

However, OpenDJ internal database, in order to estimate properly the occupation of the DB cache and tune the cache eviction threads, needs to take into account the compressed oops option. For this is relies on the JVM option to be set explicitly. If the option is not explicitly set, the database may consider the cache full when it’s not, and run cache eviction too early, resulting in less optimized performances.

So, with 64bit JVM, make sure you add the -XX:+UseCompressedOops option to the start-ds line in the config/java.properties file. Then run bin/dsjavaproperties and restart OpenDJ to benefit from the new settings.