This page describes settings that can be applied to increase the performance of Babl server.

Any improvement in performance should be measured against a baseline without these settings enabled to ensure that they have a measurable and useful effect.

Configuration items below can either be set on the command-line, or included in the config file passed to the Server program (in this case, without their -D prefix).

JVM Arguments

Disable Buffer Bounds Checking

When rigorous testing has been completed, and an application has been deployed to production, buffer bounds-checking can be disabled for an extra performance boost.

Any performance gain is expected to only be a few percent. Any advantage should be measured and weighed up against the possible downsides (an incorrect buffer read in the application will cause a segmentation fault and program crash).

Disable bounds-checking with this JVM parameter:


Pre-touch LogBuffers

Pre-touches pages to ensure they are faulted into the process immediately.

Only useful in DETACHED mode.


Disable Sparse Files

Forces Aeron to create non-sparse files.

Only useful in DETACHED mode.


Cache java.lang.Integer Objects

Deep in the heart of the Java IO libraries, java.lang.Integer variables are used to represent file-descriptors. Depending on how many sockets are created on the system in use, the value presented below may need to be increased to reduce allocation.

Cache a fixed number of java.lang.Integer values with this JVM parameter:


Prefer IPv4 Network Stack

A hint to the JVM that it should not default to using IPv6 even when the system supports it.

Enable with this JVM parameter:

Trust Non-Static Final Fields

A hint to the JIT compiler that final fields can be trusted as final (i.e. subject to certain optimisations).

Enable with these JVM parameters:

-XX:+UnlockExperimentalVMOptions -XX:+TrustFinalNonStaticFields

Immediate Biased Locking

Perform biased locking immediately. Older JVMs wait several seconds before attempting to bias locks. Since Babl is inherently single-threaded when dealing with synchronized objects (e.g. java.nio.SocketChannel), lock biasing should be performed at start-up.

This setting may have negligible effect on JDK9+, as intrinsic locks were replaced with java.util.concurrent.ReentrantLock instances in the java.nio socket components.

Enable with this JVM parameter:


Pre-touch memory pages

Causes the JVM to fault-in heap memory pages on start-up.

Enable with this JVM parameter:


Babl Configuration

Disable Nagle's Algorithm

Setting this flag will tell the operating system to send TCP packets as soon as they are queued, rather than waiting for more data to improve batching.


Use Busy-spin in Server Event-loop

Uses a busy-spin wait-loop when processing the Server event-loop. Setting this property can reduce latency between a message being received from a client, and being passed to the application. Setting this property will cause more CPU usage.


Use Busy-spin in IPC Transport

Uses a busy-spin wait-loop when communicating with the IPC transport. Setting this property will cause more CPU usage.


Place IPC shared-memory files on /dev/shm

Reduces the chance of page-faults.