Set the process.max-address-space control to limit virtual memory on a per-process basis. Refer to rctladm(1M) for detailed information about setting the process.max-address-space value.
When you use management controls with Sun Cluster software, configure memory limits appropriately to prevent unnecessary failover of applications and a “ping-pong” effect of applications. In general, observe the following guidelines.
Do not set memory limits too low.
When an application reaches its memory limit, it might fail over. This guideline is especially important for database applications, when reaching a virtual memory limit can have unexpected consequences.
Do not set memory limits identically on primary and secondary nodes.
Identical limits can cause a ping-pong effect when an application reaches its memory limit and fails over to a secondary node with an identical memory limit. Set the memory limit slightly higher on the secondary node. The difference in memory limits helps prevent the ping-pong scenario and gives the system administrator a period of time in which to adjust the parameters as necessary.
Do use the resource management memory limits for load-balancing.
For example, you can use memory limits to prevent an errant application from consuming excessive swap space.