JEP 377: ZGC: A Scalable Low-Latency Garbage Collector (Production)

OwnerPer Liden
TypeFeature
ScopeImplementation
StatusIntegrated
Release15
Componenthotspot / gc
Discussionhotspot dash gc dash dev at openjdk dot java dot net
Relates toJEP 351: ZGC: Uncommit Unused Memory (Experimental)
JEP 333: ZGC: A Scalable Low-Latency Garbage Collector (Experimental)
JEP 364: ZGC on macOS (Experimental)
JEP 365: ZGC on Windows (Experimental)
Reviewed byErik Österlund, Mikael Vidstedt, Stefan Karlsson
Endorsed byMikael Vidstedt
Created2018/08/20 06:16
Updated2020/04/03 23:19
Issue8209683

Summary

Change the Z Garbage Collector from an experimental feature into a product feature.

Non-Goals

This JEP does not propose to change the default GC, which remains G1.

Motivation

ZGC was integrated into JDK 11 by JEP 333. New features of such size and complexity are best introduced carefully and gradually, so we made it an experimental feature. This helped set user expectations and allowed users to provide feedback without having to download or build a separate JDK binary, which would have been the case if ZGC development had continued outside of the JDK.

Since its introduction in JDK 11 we’ve received positive feedback, we’ve ironed out many bugs, and we’ve added a number of features and enhancements. To highlight some of the more important ones:

Furthermore, all commonly used platforms are now supported:

Testing of ZGC suggests that it is stable and, as of this writing, we have received no new ZGC-specific bugs for a few months. With the stability, feature set, and platform support that ZGC has today, it is time to remove its experimental status and make it a product feature.

Description

ZGC is enabled today via the -XX:+UnlockExperimentalVMOptions -XX:+UseZGC command-line options. Making ZGC a product (non-experimental) feature means that the -XX:+UnlockExperimentalVMOptions option will no longer be needed.

Turning ZGC into a product (non-experimental) feature is mainly a matter of changing the UseZGC command-line option type from experimental to product. In addition, we will also change the following ZGC-specific options, currently marked experimental, to product. We will not change the default values for these options.

ZAllocationSpikeTolerance
ZCollectionInterval
ZFragmentationLimit
ZMarkStackSpaceLimit
ZProactive
ZUncommit
ZUncommitDelay

The following ZGC-specific JFR events, currently marked experimental, will also be changed to product.

ZAllocationStall
ZPageAllocation
ZPageCacheFlush
ZRelocationSet
ZRelocationSetGroup
ZUncommit

Testing

Testing of ZGC was added as part of JEP 333, and additional tests have been added since then. No additional tests will be developed as part of this JEP.

Some tests currently supply the -XX:+UnlockExperimentalVMOptions command-line option when enabling ZGC. This will no longer be needed, and these tests will be adjusted accordingly.