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JEMALLOC

JEMALLOC

Section: User Manual (3) Updated: 05/04/2011
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NAME

jemalloc - general purpose memory allocation functions  

LIBRARY

This manual describes jemalloc . More information can be found at the m[blue]jemalloc websitem[][1].  

SYNOPSIS

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <jemalloc/jemalloc.h>
 

Standard API

void *malloc(size_t size);
void *calloc(size_t number, size_t size);
int posix_memalign(void **ptr, size_t alignment, size_t size);
void *realloc(void *ptr, size_t size);
void free(void *ptr);
 

Non-standard API

size_t malloc_usable_size(const void *ptr);
void malloc_stats_print(void (*write_cb) (void *, const char *), void *cbopaque, const char *opts);
int mallctl(const char *name, void *oldp, size_t *oldlenp, void *newp, size_t newlen);
int mallctlnametomib(const char *name, size_t *mibp, size_t *miblenp);
int mallctlbymib(const size_t *mib, size_t miblen, void *oldp, size_t *oldlenp, void *newp, size_t newlen);
void (*malloc_message)(void *cbopaque, const char *s);

const char *malloc_conf;  

Experimental API

int allocm(void **ptr, size_t *rsize, size_t size, int flags);
int rallocm(void **ptr, size_t *rsize, size_t size, size_t extra, int flags);
int sallocm(const void *ptr, size_t *rsize, int flags);
int dallocm(void *ptr, int flags);
 

DESCRIPTION

 

Standard API

The malloc function allocates size bytes of uninitialized memory. The allocated space is suitably aligned (after possible pointer coercion) for storage of any type of object.

The calloc function allocates space for number objects, each size bytes in length. The result is identical to calling malloc with an argument of number * size, with the exception that the allocated memory is explicitly initialized to zero bytes.

The posix_memalign function allocates size bytes of memory such that the allocation's base address is an even multiple of alignment, and returns the allocation in the value pointed to by ptr. The requested alignment must be a power of 2 at least as large as sizeof(void *).

The realloc function changes the size of the previously allocated memory referenced by ptr to size bytes. The contents of the memory are unchanged up to the lesser of the new and old sizes. If the new size is larger, the contents of the newly allocated portion of the memory are undefined. Upon success, the memory referenced by ptr is freed and a pointer to the newly allocated memory is returned. Note that realloc may move the memory allocation, resulting in a different return value than ptr. If ptr is NULL, the realloc function behaves identically to malloc for the specified size.

The free function causes the allocated memory referenced by ptr to be made available for future allocations. If ptr is NULL, no action occurs.  

Non-standard API

The malloc_usable_size function returns the usable size of the allocation pointed to by ptr. The return value may be larger than the size that was requested during allocation. The malloc_usable_size function is not a mechanism for in-place realloc; rather it is provided solely as a tool for introspection purposes. Any discrepancy between the requested allocation size and the size reported by malloc_usable_size should not be depended on, since such behavior is entirely implementation-dependent.

The malloc_stats_print function writes human-readable summary statistics via the write_cb callback function pointer and cbopaque data passed to write_cb, or malloc_message if write_cb is NULL. This function can be called repeatedly. General information that never changes during execution can be omitted by specifying "g" as a character within the opts string. Note that malloc_message uses the mallctl* functions internally, so inconsistent statistics can be reported if multiple threads use these functions simultaneously. If --enable-stats is specified during configuration,mandacan be specified to omit merged arena and per arena statistics, respectively;bandlcan be specified to omit per size class statistics for bins and large objects, respectively. Unrecognized characters are silently ignored. Note that thread caching may prevent some statistics from being completely up to date, since extra locking would be required to merge counters that track thread cache operations.

The mallctl function provides a general interface for introspecting the memory allocator, as well as setting modifiable parameters and triggering actions. The period-separated name argument specifies a location in a tree-structured namespace; see the MALLCTL NAMESPACE section for documentation on the tree contents. To read a value, pass a pointer via oldp to adequate space to contain the value, and a pointer to its length via oldlenp; otherwise pass NULL and NULL. Similarly, to write a value, pass a pointer to the value via newp, and its length via newlen; otherwise pass NULL and 0.

The mallctlnametomib function provides a way to avoid repeated name lookups for applications that repeatedly query the same portion of the namespace, by translating a name to aManagement Information Base(MIB) that can be passed repeatedly to mallctlbymib. Upon successful return from mallctlnametomib, mibp contains an array of *miblenp integers, where *miblenp is the lesser of the number of components in name and the input value of *miblenp. Thus it is possible to pass a *miblenp that is smaller than the number of period-separated name components, which results in a partial MIB that can be used as the basis for constructing a complete MIB. For name components that are integers (e.g. the 2 in "arenas.bin.2.size"), the corresponding MIB component will always be that integer. Therefore, it is legitimate to construct code like the following:

unsigned nbins, i;

int mib[4];
size_t len, miblen;

len = sizeof(nbins);
mallctl("arenas.nbins", &nbins, &len, NULL, 0);

miblen = 4;
mallnametomib("arenas.bin.0.size", mib, &miblen);
for (i = 0; i < nbins; i++) {
        size_t bin_size;

        mib[2] = i;
        len = sizeof(bin_size);
        mallctlbymib(mib, miblen, &bin_size, &len, NULL, 0);
        /* Do something with bin_size... */
}
 

Experimental API

The experimental API is subject to change or removal without regard for backward compatibility.

The allocm, rallocm, sallocm, and dallocm functions all have a flags argument that can be used to specify options. The functions only check the options that are contextually relevant. Use bitwise or (|) operations to specify one or more of the following:

ALLOCM_LG_ALIGN(la)

Align the memory allocation to start at an address that is a multiple of (1 << la). This macro does not validate that la is within the valid range.

ALLOCM_ALIGN(a)

Align the memory allocation to start at an address that is a multiple of a, where a is a power of two. This macro does not validate that a is a power of 2.

ALLOCM_ZERO

Initialize newly allocated memory to contain zero bytes. In the growing reallocation case, the real size prior to reallocation defines the boundary between untouched bytes and those that are initialized to contain zero bytes. If this option is absent, newly allocated memory is uninitialized.

ALLOCM_NO_MOVE

For reallocation, fail rather than moving the object. This constraint can apply to both growth and shrinkage.

The allocm function allocates at least size bytes of memory, sets *ptr to the base address of the allocation, and sets *rsize to the real size of the allocation if rsize is not NULL.

The rallocm function resizes the allocation at *ptr to be at least size bytes, sets *ptr to the base address of the allocation if it moved, and sets *rsize to the real size of the allocation if rsize is not NULL. If extra is non-zero, an attempt is made to resize the allocation to be at least size + extra) bytes, though inability to allocate the extra byte(s) will not by itself result in failure. Behavior is undefined if (size + extra > SIZE_T_MAX).

The sallocm function sets *rsize to the real size of the allocation.

The dallocm function causes the memory referenced by ptr to be made available for future allocations.  

TUNING

Once, when the first call is made to one of the memory allocation routines, the allocator initializes its internals based in part on various options that can be specified at compile- or run-time.

The string pointed to by the global variable malloc_conf, thenameof the file referenced by the symbolic link named /etc/malloc.conf, and the value of the environment variable MALLOC_CONF, will be interpreted, in that order, from left to right as options.

An options string is a comma-separated list of option:value pairs. There is one key corresponding to each "opt.*" mallctl (see the MALLCTL NAMESPACE section for options documentation). For example, abort:true,narenas:1 sets the "opt.abort" and "opt.narenas" options. Some options have boolean values (true/false), others have integer values (base 8, 10, or 16, depending on prefix), and yet others have raw string values.  

IMPLEMENTATION NOTES

Traditionally, allocators have used sbrk(2) to obtain memory, which is suboptimal for several reasons, including race conditions, increased fragmentation, and artificial limitations on maximum usable memory. If --enable-dss is specified during configuration, this allocator uses both sbrk(2) and mmap(2), in that order of preference; otherwise only mmap(2) is used.

This allocator uses multiple arenas in order to reduce lock contention for threaded programs on multi-processor systems. This works well with regard to threading scalability, but incurs some costs. There is a small fixed per-arena overhead, and additionally, arenas manage memory completely independently of each other, which means a small fixed increase in overall memory fragmentation. These overheads are not generally an issue, given the number of arenas normally used. Note that using substantially more arenas than the default is not likely to improve performance, mainly due to reduced cache performance. However, it may make sense to reduce the number of arenas if an application does not make much use of the allocation functions.

In addition to multiple arenas, unless --disable-tcache is specified during configuration, this allocator supports thread-specific caching for small and large objects, in order to make it possible to completely avoid synchronization for most allocation requests. Such caching allows very fast allocation in the common case, but it increases memory usage and fragmentation, since a bounded number of objects can remain allocated in each thread cache.

Memory is conceptually broken into equal-sized chunks, where the chunk size is a power of two that is greater than the page size. Chunks are always aligned to multiples of the chunk size. This alignment makes it possible to find metadata for user objects very quickly.

User objects are broken into three categories according to size: small, large, and huge. Small objects are smaller than one page. Large objects are smaller than the chunk size. Huge objects are a multiple of the chunk size. Small and large objects are managed by arenas; huge objects are managed separately in a single data structure that is shared by all threads. Huge objects are used by applications infrequently enough that this single data structure is not a scalability issue.

Each chunk that is managed by an arena tracks its contents as runs of contiguous pages (unused, backing a set of small objects, or backing one large object). The combination of chunk alignment and chunk page maps makes it possible to determine all metadata regarding small and large allocations in constant time.

Small objects are managed in groups by page runs. Each run maintains a frontier and free list to track which regions are in use. Unless --disable-tiny is specified during configuration, allocation requests that are no more than half the quantum (8 or 16, depending on architecture) are rounded up to the nearest power of two that is at least sizeof(void *). Allocation requests that are more than half the quantum, but no more than the minimum cacheline-multiple size class (see the "opt.lg_qspace_max" option) are rounded up to the nearest multiple of the quantum. Allocation requests that are more than the minimum cacheline-multiple size class, but no more than the minimum subpage-multiple size class (see the "opt.lg_cspace_max" option) are rounded up to the nearest multiple of the cacheline size (64). Allocation requests that are more than the minimum subpage-multiple size class, but no more than the maximum subpage-multiple size class are rounded up to the nearest multiple of the subpage size (256). Allocation requests that are more than the maximum subpage-multiple size class, but small enough to fit in an arena-managed chunk (see the "opt.lg_chunk" option), are rounded up to the nearest run size. Allocation requests that are too large to fit in an arena-managed chunk are rounded up to the nearest multiple of the chunk size.

Allocations are packed tightly together, which can be an issue for multi-threaded applications. If you need to assure that allocations do not suffer from cacheline sharing, round your allocation requests up to the nearest multiple of the cacheline size, or specify cacheline alignment when allocating.

Assuming 4 MiB chunks, 4 KiB pages, and a 16-byte quantum on a 64-bit system, the size classes in each category are as shown in Table 1.


Table 1. Size classes
Category Subcategory Size
Small Tiny [8]
Quantum-spaced [16, 32, 48, ..., 128]
Cacheline-spaced [192, 256, 320, ..., 512]
Subpage-spaced [768, 1024, 1280, ..., 3840]
Large [4 KiB, 8 KiB, 12 KiB, ..., 4072 KiB]
Huge [4 MiB, 8 MiB, 12 MiB, ...]

 

MALLCTL NAMESPACE

The following names are defined in the namespace accessible via the mallctl* functions. Value types are specified in parentheses, their readable/writable statuses are encoded as rw, r-, -w, or --, and required build configuration flags follow, if any. A name element encoded as <i> or <j> indicates an integer component, where the integer varies from 0 to some upper value that must be determined via introspection. In the case of "stats.arenas.<i>.*", <i> equal to "arenas.narenas" can be used to access the summation of statistics from all arenas. Take special note of the "epoch" mallctl, which controls refreshing of cached dynamic statistics.

"version" (const char *) r-

Return the jemalloc version string.

"epoch" (uint64_t) rw

If a value is passed in, refresh the data from which the mallctl* functions report values, and increment the epoch. Return the current epoch. This is useful for detecting whether another thread caused a refresh.

"config.debug" (bool) r-

--enable-debug was specified during build configuration.

"config.dss" (bool) r-

--enable-dss was specified during build configuration.

"config.dynamic_page_shift" (bool) r-

--enable-dynamic-page-shift was specified during build configuration.

"config.fill" (bool) r-

--enable-fill was specified during build configuration.

"config.lazy_lock" (bool) r-

--enable-lazy-lock was specified during build configuration.

"config.prof" (bool) r-

--enable-prof was specified during build configuration.

"config.prof_libgcc" (bool) r-

--disable-prof-libgcc was not specified during build configuration.

"config.prof_libunwind" (bool) r-

--enable-prof-libunwind was specified during build configuration.

"config.stats" (bool) r-

--enable-stats was specified during build configuration.

"config.swap" (bool) r-

--enable-swap was specified during build configuration.

"config.sysv" (bool) r-

--enable-sysv was specified during build configuration.

"config.tcache" (bool) r-

--disable-tcache was not specified during build configuration.

"config.tiny" (bool) r-

--disable-tiny was not specified during build configuration.

"config.tls" (bool) r-

--disable-tls was not specified during build configuration.

"config.xmalloc" (bool) r-

--enable-xmalloc was specified during build configuration.

"opt.abort" (bool) r-

Abort-on-warning enabled/disabled. If true, most warnings are fatal. The process will call abort(3) in these cases. This option is disabled by default unless --enable-debug is specified during configuration, in which case it is enabled by default.

"opt.lg_qspace_max" (size_t) r-

Size (log base 2) of the maximum size class that is a multiple of the quantum (8 or 16 bytes, depending on architecture). Above this size, cacheline spacing is used for size classes. The default value is 128 bytes (2^7).

"opt.lg_cspace_max" (size_t) r-

Size (log base 2) of the maximum size class that is a multiple of the cacheline size (64). Above this size, subpage spacing (256 bytes) is used for size classes. The default value is 512 bytes (2^9).

"opt.lg_chunk" (size_t) r-

Virtual memory chunk size (log base 2). The default chunk size is 4 MiB (2^22).

"opt.narenas" (size_t) r-

Maximum number of arenas to use. The default maximum number of arenas is four times the number of CPUs, or one if there is a single CPU.

"opt.lg_dirty_mult" (ssize_t) r-

Per-arena minimum ratio (log base 2) of active to dirty pages. Some dirty unused pages may be allowed to accumulate, within the limit set by the ratio (or one chunk worth of dirty pages, whichever is greater), before informing the kernel about some of those pages via madvise(2) or a similar system call. This provides the kernel with sufficient information to recycle dirty pages if physical memory becomes scarce and the pages remain unused. The default minimum ratio is 32:1 (2^5:1); an option value of -1 will disable dirty page purging.

"opt.stats_print" (bool) r-

Enable/disable statistics printing at exit. If enabled, the malloc_stats_print function is called at program exit via an atexit(3) function. If --enable-stats is specified during configuration, this has the potential to cause deadlock for a multi-threaded process that exits while one or more threads are executing in the memory allocation functions. Therefore, this option should only be used with care; it is primarily intended as a performance tuning aid during application development. This option is disabled by default.

"opt.junk" (bool) r- [--enable-fill]

Junk filling enabled/disabled. If enabled, each byte of uninitialized allocated memory will be initialized to 0xa5. All deallocated memory will be initialized to 0x5a. This is intended for debugging and will impact performance negatively. This option is disabled by default unless --enable-debug is specified during configuration, in which case it is enabled by default.

"opt.zero" (bool) r- [--enable-fill]

Zero filling enabled/disabled. If enabled, each byte of uninitialized allocated memory will be initialized to 0. Note that this initialization only happens once for each byte, so realloc and rallocm calls do not zero memory that was previously allocated. This is intended for debugging and will impact performance negatively. This option is disabled by default.

"opt.sysv" (bool) r- [--enable-sysv]

If enabled, attempting to allocate zero bytes will return a NULL pointer instead of a valid pointer. (The default behavior is to make a minimal allocation and return a pointer to it.) This option is provided for System V compatibility. This option is incompatible with the "opt.xmalloc" option. This option is disabled by default.

"opt.xmalloc" (bool) r- [--enable-xmalloc]

Abort-on-out-of-memory enabled/disabled. If enabled, rather than returning failure for any allocation function, display a diagnostic message on STDERR_FILENO and cause the program to drop core (using abort(3)). If an application is designed to depend on this behavior, set the option at compile time by including the following in the source code:

malloc_conf = "xmalloc:true";

This option is disabled by default.

"opt.tcache" (bool) r- [--enable-tcache]

Thread-specific caching enabled/disabled. When there are multiple threads, each thread uses a thread-specific cache for objects up to a certain size. Thread-specific caching allows many allocations to be satisfied without performing any thread synchronization, at the cost of increased memory use. See the "opt.lg_tcache_gc_sweep" and "opt.lg_tcache_max" options for related tuning information. This option is enabled by default.

"opt.lg_tcache_gc_sweep" (ssize_t) r- [--enable-tcache]

Approximate interval (log base 2) between full thread-specific cache garbage collection sweeps, counted in terms of thread-specific cache allocation/deallocation events. Garbage collection is actually performed incrementally, one size class at a time, in order to avoid large collection pauses. The default sweep interval is 8192 (2^13); setting this option to -1 will disable garbage collection.

"opt.lg_tcache_max" (size_t) r- [--enable-tcache]

Maximum size class (log base 2) to cache in the thread-specific cache. At a minimum, all small size classes are cached, and at a maximum all large size classes are cached. The default maximum is 32 KiB (2^15).

"opt.prof" (bool) r- [--enable-prof]

Memory profiling enabled/disabled. If enabled, profile memory allocation activity, and use an atexit(3) function to dump final memory usage to a file named according to the pattern <prefix>.<pid>.<seq>.f.heap, where <prefix> is controlled by the "opt.prof_prefix" option. See the "opt.lg_prof_bt_max" option for backtrace depth control. See the "opt.prof_active" option for on-the-fly activation/deactivation. See the "opt.lg_prof_sample" option for probabilistic sampling control. See the "opt.prof_accum" option for control of cumulative sample reporting. See the "opt.lg_prof_tcmax" option for control of per thread backtrace caching. See the "opt.lg_prof_interval" option for information on interval-triggered profile dumping, and the "opt.prof_gdump" option for information on high-water-triggered profile dumping. Profile output is compatible with the included pprof Perl script, which originates from the m[blue]google-perftools packagem[][2].

"opt.prof_prefix" (const char *) r- [--enable-prof]

Filename prefix for profile dumps. If the prefix is set to the empty string, no automatic dumps will occur; this is primarily useful for disabling the automatic final heap dump (which also disables leak reporting, if enabled). The default prefix is jeprof.

"opt.lg_prof_bt_max" (size_t) r- [--enable-prof]

Maximum backtrace depth (log base 2) when profiling memory allocation activity. The default is 128 (2^7).

"opt.prof_active" (bool) r- [--enable-prof]

Profiling activated/deactivated. This is a secondary control mechanism that makes it possible to start the application with profiling enabled (see the "opt.prof" option) but inactive, then toggle profiling at any time during program execution with the "prof.active" mallctl. This option is enabled by default.

"opt.lg_prof_sample" (ssize_t) r- [--enable-prof]

Average interval (log base 2) between allocation samples, as measured in bytes of allocation activity. Increasing the sampling interval decreases profile fidelity, but also decreases the computational overhead. The default sample interval is 1 (2^0) (i.e. all allocations are sampled).

"opt.prof_accum" (bool) r- [--enable-prof]

Reporting of cumulative object/byte counts in profile dumps enabled/disabled. If this option is enabled, every unique backtrace must be stored for the duration of execution. Depending on the application, this can impose a large memory overhead, and the cumulative counts are not always of interest. See the "opt.lg_prof_tcmax" option for control of per thread backtrace caching, which has important interactions. This option is enabled by default.

"opt.lg_prof_tcmax" (ssize_t) r- [--enable-prof]

Maximum per thread backtrace cache (log base 2) used for heap profiling. A backtrace can only be discarded if the "opt.prof_accum" option is disabled, and no thread caches currently refer to the backtrace. Therefore, a backtrace cache limit should be imposed if the intention is to limit how much memory is used by backtraces. By default, no limit is imposed (encoded as -1).

"opt.lg_prof_interval" (ssize_t) r- [--enable-prof]

Average interval (log base 2) between memory profile dumps, as measured in bytes of allocation activity. The actual interval between dumps may be sporadic because decentralized allocation counters are used to avoid synchronization bottlenecks. Profiles are dumped to files named according to the pattern <prefix>.<pid>.<seq>.i<iseq>.heap, where <prefix> is controlled by the "opt.prof_prefix" option. By default, interval-triggered profile dumping is disabled (encoded as -1).

"opt.prof_gdump" (bool) r- [--enable-prof]

Trigger a memory profile dump every time the total virtual memory exceeds the previous maximum. Profiles are dumped to files named according to the pattern <prefix>.<pid>.<seq>.u<useq>.heap, where <prefix> is controlled by the "opt.prof_prefix" option. This option is disabled by default.

"opt.prof_leak" (bool) r- [--enable-prof]

Leak reporting enabled/disabled. If enabled, use an atexit(3) function to report memory leaks detected by allocation sampling. See the "opt.lg_prof_bt_max" option for backtrace depth control. See the "opt.prof" option for information on analyzing heap profile output. This option is disabled by default.

"opt.overcommit" (bool) r- [--enable-swap]

Over-commit enabled/disabled. If enabled, over-commit memory as a side effect of using anonymous mmap(2) or sbrk(2) for virtual memory allocation. In order for overcommit to be disabled, the "swap.fds" mallctl must have been successfully written to. This option is enabled by default.

"tcache.flush" (void) -- [--enable-tcache]

Flush calling thread's tcache. This interface releases all cached objects and internal data structures associated with the calling thread's thread-specific cache. Ordinarily, this interface need not be called, since automatic periodic incremental garbage collection occurs, and the thread cache is automatically discarded when a thread exits. However, garbage collection is triggered by allocation activity, so it is possible for a thread that stops allocating/deallocating to retain its cache indefinitely, in which case the developer may find manual flushing useful.

"thread.arena" (unsigned) rw

Get or set the arena associated with the calling thread. The arena index must be less than the maximum number of arenas (see the "arenas.narenas" mallctl). If the specified arena was not initialized beforehand (see the "arenas.initialized" mallctl), it will be automatically initialized as a side effect of calling this interface.

"thread.allocated" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Get the total number of bytes ever allocated by the calling thread. This counter has the potential to wrap around; it is up to the application to appropriately interpret the counter in such cases.

"thread.allocatedp" (uint64_t *) r- [--enable-stats]

Get a pointer to the the value that is returned by the "thread.allocated" mallctl. This is useful for avoiding the overhead of repeated mallctl* calls.

"thread.deallocated" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Get the total number of bytes ever deallocated by the calling thread. This counter has the potential to wrap around; it is up to the application to appropriately interpret the counter in such cases.

"thread.deallocatedp" (uint64_t *) r- [--enable-stats]

Get a pointer to the the value that is returned by the "thread.deallocated" mallctl. This is useful for avoiding the overhead of repeated mallctl* calls.

"arenas.narenas" (unsigned) r-

Maximum number of arenas.

"arenas.initialized" (bool *) r-

An array of "arenas.narenas" booleans. Each boolean indicates whether the corresponding arena is initialized.

"arenas.quantum" (size_t) r-

Quantum size.

"arenas.cacheline" (size_t) r-

Assumed cacheline size.

"arenas.subpage" (size_t) r-

Subpage size class interval.

"arenas.pagesize" (size_t) r-

Page size.

"arenas.chunksize" (size_t) r-

Chunk size.

"arenas.tspace_min" (size_t) r-

Minimum tiny size class. Tiny size classes are powers of two.

"arenas.tspace_max" (size_t) r-

Maximum tiny size class. Tiny size classes are powers of two.

"arenas.qspace_min" (size_t) r-

Minimum quantum-spaced size class.

"arenas.qspace_max" (size_t) r-

Maximum quantum-spaced size class.

"arenas.cspace_min" (size_t) r-

Minimum cacheline-spaced size class.

"arenas.cspace_max" (size_t) r-

Maximum cacheline-spaced size class.

"arenas.sspace_min" (size_t) r-

Minimum subpage-spaced size class.

"arenas.sspace_max" (size_t) r-

Maximum subpage-spaced size class.

"arenas.tcache_max" (size_t) r- [--enable-tcache]

Maximum thread-cached size class.

"arenas.ntbins" (unsigned) r-

Number of tiny bin size classes.

"arenas.nqbins" (unsigned) r-

Number of quantum-spaced bin size classes.

"arenas.ncbins" (unsigned) r-

Number of cacheline-spaced bin size classes.

"arenas.nsbins" (unsigned) r-

Number of subpage-spaced bin size classes.

"arenas.nbins" (unsigned) r-

Total number of bin size classes.

"arenas.nhbins" (unsigned) r- [--enable-tcache]

Total number of thread cache bin size classes.

"arenas.bin.<i>.size" (size_t) r-

Maximum size supported by size class.

"arenas.bin.<i>.nregs" (uint32_t) r-

Number of regions per page run.

"arenas.bin.<i>.run_size" (size_t) r-

Number of bytes per page run.

"arenas.nlruns" (size_t) r-

Total number of large size classes.

"arenas.lrun.<i>.size" (size_t) r-

Maximum size supported by this large size class.

"arenas.purge" (unsigned) -w

Purge unused dirty pages for the specified arena, or for all arenas if none is specified.

"prof.active" (bool) rw [--enable-prof]

Control whether sampling is currently active. See the "opt.prof_active" option for additional information.

"prof.dump" (const char *) -w [--enable-prof]

Dump a memory profile to the specified file, or if NULL is specified, to a file according to the pattern <prefix>.<pid>.<seq>.m<mseq>.heap, where <prefix> is controlled by the "opt.prof_prefix" option.

"prof.interval" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-prof]

Average number of bytes allocated between inverval-based profile dumps. See the "opt.lg_prof_interval" option for additional information.

"stats.cactive" (size_t *) r- [--enable-stats]

Pointer to a counter that contains an approximate count of the current number of bytes in active pages. The estimate may be high, but never low, because each arena rounds up to the nearest multiple of the chunk size when computing its contribution to the counter. Note that the "epoch" mallctl has no bearing on this counter. Furthermore, counter consistency is maintained via atomic operations, so it is necessary to use an atomic operation in order to guarantee a consistent read when dereferencing the pointer.

"stats.allocated" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Total number of bytes allocated by the application.

"stats.active" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Total number of bytes in active pages allocated by the application. This is a multiple of the page size, and greater than or equal to "stats.allocated".

"stats.mapped" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Total number of bytes in chunks mapped on behalf of the application. This is a multiple of the chunk size, and is at least as large as "stats.active". This does not include inactive chunks backed by swap files. his does not include inactive chunks embedded in the DSS.

"stats.chunks.current" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Total number of chunks actively mapped on behalf of the application. This does not include inactive chunks backed by swap files. This does not include inactive chunks embedded in the DSS.

"stats.chunks.total" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of chunks allocated.

"stats.chunks.high" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Maximum number of active chunks at any time thus far.

"stats.huge.allocated" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Number of bytes currently allocated by huge objects.

"stats.huge.nmalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of huge allocation requests.

"stats.huge.ndalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of huge deallocation requests.

"stats.arenas.<i>.nthreads" (unsigned) r-

Number of threads currently assigned to arena.

"stats.arenas.<i>.pactive" (size_t) r-

Number of pages in active runs.

"stats.arenas.<i>.pdirty" (size_t) r-

Number of pages within unused runs that are potentially dirty, and for which madvise... MADV_DONTNEED or similar has not been called.

"stats.arenas.<i>.mapped" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Number of mapped bytes.

"stats.arenas.<i>.npurge" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Number of dirty page purge sweeps performed.

"stats.arenas.<i>.nmadvise" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Number of madvise... MADV_DONTNEED or similar calls made to purge dirty pages.

"stats.arenas.<i>.npurged" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Number of pages purged.

"stats.arenas.<i>.small.allocated" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Number of bytes currently allocated by small objects.

"stats.arenas.<i>.small.nmalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of allocation requests served by small bins.

"stats.arenas.<i>.small.ndalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of small objects returned to bins.

"stats.arenas.<i>.small.nrequests" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of small allocation requests.

"stats.arenas.<i>.large.allocated" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Number of bytes currently allocated by large objects.

"stats.arenas.<i>.large.nmalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of large allocation requests served directly by the arena.

"stats.arenas.<i>.large.ndalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of large deallocation requests served directly by the arena.

"stats.arenas.<i>.large.nrequests" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of large allocation requests.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.allocated" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Current number of bytes allocated by bin.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.nmalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of allocations served by bin.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.ndalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of allocations returned to bin.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.nrequests" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of allocation requests.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.nfills" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats --enable-tcache]

Cumulative number of tcache fills.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.nflushes" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats --enable-tcache]

Cumulative number of tcache flushes.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.nruns" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of runs created.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.nreruns" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of times the current run from which to allocate changed.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.highruns" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Maximum number of runs at any time thus far.

"stats.arenas.<i>.bins.<j>.curruns" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Current number of runs.

"stats.arenas.<i>.lruns.<j>.nmalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of allocation requests for this size class served directly by the arena.

"stats.arenas.<i>.lruns.<j>.ndalloc" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of deallocation requests for this size class served directly by the arena.

"stats.arenas.<i>.lruns.<j>.nrequests" (uint64_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Cumulative number of allocation requests for this size class.

"stats.arenas.<i>.lruns.<j>.highruns" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Maximum number of runs at any time thus far for this size class.

"stats.arenas.<i>.lruns.<j>.curruns" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats]

Current number of runs for this size class.

"swap.avail" (size_t) r- [--enable-stats --enable-swap]

Number of swap file bytes that are currently not associated with any chunk (i.e. mapped, but otherwise completely unmanaged).

"swap.prezeroed" (bool) rw [--enable-swap]

If true, the allocator assumes that the swap file(s) contain nothing but nil bytes. If this assumption is violated, allocator behavior is undefined. This value becomes read-only after "swap.fds" is successfully written to.

"swap.nfds" (size_t) r- [--enable-swap]

Number of file descriptors in use for swap.

"swap.fds" (int *) r- [--enable-swap]

When written to, the files associated with the specified file descriptors are contiguously mapped via mmap(2). The resulting virtual memory region is preferred over anonymous mmap(2) and sbrk(2) memory. Note that if a file's size is not a multiple of the page size, it is automatically truncated to the nearest page size multiple. See the "swap.prezeroed" mallctl for specifying that the files are pre-zeroed.
 

DEBUGGING MALLOC PROBLEMS

When debugging, it is a good idea to configure/build jemalloc with the --enable-debug and --enable-fill options, and recompile the program with suitable options and symbols for debugger support. When so configured, jemalloc incorporates a wide variety of run-time assertions that catch application errors such as double-free, write-after-free, etc.

Programs often accidentally depend onuninitializedmemory actually being filled with zero bytes. Junk filling (see the "opt.junk" option) tends to expose such bugs in the form of obviously incorrect results and/or coredumps. Conversely, zero filling (see the "opt.zero" option) eliminates the symptoms of such bugs. Between these two options, it is usually possible to quickly detect, diagnose, and eliminate such bugs.

This implementation does not provide much detail about the problems it detects, because the performance impact for storing such information would be prohibitive. There are a number of allocator implementations available on the Internet which focus on detecting and pinpointing problems by trading performance for extra sanity checks and detailed diagnostics.  

DIAGNOSTIC MESSAGES

If any of the memory allocation/deallocation functions detect an error or warning condition, a message will be printed to file descriptor STDERR_FILENO. Errors will result in the process dumping core. If the "opt.abort" option is set, most warnings are treated as errors.

The malloc_message variable allows the programmer to override the function which emits the text strings forming the errors and warnings if for some reason the STDERR_FILENO file descriptor is not suitable for this. malloc_message takes the cbopaque pointer argument that is NULL unless overridden by the arguments in a call to malloc_stats_print, followed by a string pointer. Please note that doing anything which tries to allocate memory in this function is likely to result in a crash or deadlock.

All messages are prefixed by <jemalloc>:.  

RETURN VALUES

 

Standard API

The malloc and calloc functions return a pointer to the allocated memory if successful; otherwise a NULL pointer is returned and errno is set to ENOMEM.

The posix_memalign function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise it returns an error value. The posix_memalign function will fail if:

EINVAL

The alignment parameter is not a power of 2 at least as large as sizeof(void *).

ENOMEM

Memory allocation error.

The realloc function returns a pointer, possibly identical to ptr, to the allocated memory if successful; otherwise a NULL pointer is returned, and errno is set to ENOMEM if the error was the result of an allocation failure. The realloc function always leaves the original buffer intact when an error occurs.

The free function returns no value.  

Non-standard API

The malloc_usable_size function returns the usable size of the allocation pointed to by ptr.

The mallctl, mallctlnametomib, and mallctlbymib functions return 0 on success; otherwise they return an error value. The functions will fail if:

EINVAL

newp is not NULL, and newlen is too large or too small. Alternatively, *oldlenp is too large or too small; in this case as much data as possible are read despite the error.

ENOMEM

*oldlenp is too short to hold the requested value.

ENOENT

name or mib specifies an unknown/invalid value.

EPERM

Attempt to read or write void value, or attempt to write read-only value.

EAGAIN

A memory allocation failure occurred.

EFAULT

An interface with side effects failed in some way not directly related to mallctl* read/write processing.
 

Experimental API

The allocm, rallocm, sallocm, and dallocm functions return ALLOCM_SUCCESS on success; otherwise they return an error value. The allocm and rallocm functions will fail if:

ALLOCM_ERR_OOM

Out of memory. Insufficient contiguous memory was available to service the allocation request. The allocm function additionally sets *ptr to NULL, whereas the rallocm function leaves *ptr unmodified.
The rallocm function will also fail if:

ALLOCM_ERR_NOT_MOVED

ALLOCM_NO_MOVE was specified, but the reallocation request could not be serviced without moving the object.
 

ENVIRONMENT

The following environment variable affects the execution of the allocation functions:

MALLOC_CONF

If the environment variable MALLOC_CONF is set, the characters it contains will be interpreted as options.
 

EXAMPLES

To dump core whenever a problem occurs:

ln -s 'abort:true' /etc/malloc.conf

To specify in the source a chunk size that is 16 MiB:

malloc_conf = "lg_chunk:24";
 

SEE ALSO

madvise(2), mmap(2), sbrk(2), alloca(3), atexit(3), getpagesize(3)  

STANDARDS

The malloc, calloc, realloc, and free functions conform to ISO/IEC 9899:1990 (ISO C90).

The posix_memalign function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 (POSIX.1).  

AUTHOR

Jason Evans

 

NOTES

1.
jemalloc website
http://www.canonware.com/jemalloc/
2.
google-perftools package
http://code.google.com/p/google-perftools/


 

Index

NAME
LIBRARY
SYNOPSIS
Standard API
Non-standard API
Experimental API
DESCRIPTION
Standard API
Non-standard API
Experimental API
TUNING
IMPLEMENTATION NOTES
MALLCTL NAMESPACE
DEBUGGING MALLOC PROBLEMS
DIAGNOSTIC MESSAGES
RETURN VALUES
Standard API
Non-standard API
Experimental API
ENVIRONMENT
EXAMPLES
SEE ALSO
STANDARDS
AUTHOR
NOTES

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