Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 7 Performance Tuning, Sizing, and Scaling Guide

Maximum Heap Cache Size

The optimal cache heap size depends upon how much system memory is free. A larger heap size means that the Web Server can cache more content and therefore obtain a better hit ratio. However, the heap size should not be so large that the operating system starts paging cached files.


Set the maximum heap size in the Admin Console in the Maximum Heap Space Size field on the configuration's Performance tab ⇒ Cache tab, under File Cache. In the command-line interface, use wadm set-file-cache-prop and change the max-heap-space property. The default value is 10485760 bytes. The range of values is 0-9223372036854775807. In a 32–bit Web Server, since processes have four GBs of address space for the file cache, the value should be well under four GB.