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Group Level Cache Settings based on RAM
18 February 2020 03:18 PM

MarkLogic default Group Level Cache and Huge Pages settings

The table below shows the default (and recommended) group level cache settings based on a few common RAM configurations for the 9.0-9.1 release of MarkLogic Server:

Total RAM List Cache Compressed Tree Cache Expanded Tree Cache Triple Cache Triple Value Cache Default Huge Page Ranges
8192 (8GB) 1024 (1 partition) 512 (1 partition) 1024 (1 partition) 512 (1 partition) 1024 (2 partitions) 1280 to 1994
16384 (16GB) 2048 (1 partition) 1024 (2 partitions) 2048 (1 partition) 1024 (2 partitions) 2048 (2 partitions) 2560 to 3616
24576 (24GB) 3072 (1 partition) 1536 (2 partitions) 3072 (1 partition) 1536 (2 partitions) 3072 (4 partitions) 3840 to 4896
32768 (32GB) 4096 (2 partitions) 2048 (3 partitions) 4096 (2 partitions) 2048 (3 partitions) 4096 (6 partitions) 5120 to 6176
49152 (48GB) 6144 (2 partitions) 3072 (4 partitions) 6144 (2 partitions) 3072 (4 partitions) 6144 (8 partitions) 7680 to 8736
65536 (64GB) 8064 (3 partitions) 4032 (6 partitions) 8064 (3 partitions) 4096 (6 partitions) 8192 (11 partitions) 10080 to 11136
98304 (96GB) 12160 (4 partitions) 6080 (8 partitions) 12160 (4 partitions) 6144 (8 partitions) 12160 (16 partitions) 15200 to 16256
131072 (128GB) 16384 (6 partitions) 8192 (11 partitions) 16384 (6 partitions) 8192 (11 partitions) 16384 (22 partitions) 20480 to 21020
147456 (144GB) 18432 (6 partitions) 9216 (12 partitions) 18432 (6 partitions) 9216 (12 partitions) 18432 (24 partitions)

23040 to 24096

262144 (256GB) 32768 (9 partitions) 16384 (11 partitions) 32768 (9 partitions) 16128 (22 partitions) 32256 (32 partitions)

40320 to 42432

Note that these values are safe to use for MarkLogic 7 and above.

For all the databases that ship with MarkLogic Server, the Huge Pages ranges on this table will cover the out-of-the box configuration. Note that adding more forests will cause the second value in the range to increase.

From MarkLogic Server 9.0-7 and above

In the 9.0-7 release and above (and all versions of MarkLogic 10), automatic cache sizing was introduced; this setting is usually recommended.

Maximum group level cache settings

Assuming a Server configured with 256GB RAM (and above), these are the maximum sizes for the three main group level caches and will utilise 180GB (184320MB) per host for the Group Level Caches:

  • Expanded Tree Cache - 73728 (72GB) (with 9 8GB partitions)
  • List Cache - 73728 (72GB) (with 9 8GB partitions)
  • Compressed Tree Cache - 36864 (36GB) (with 11 3 GB partitions)

We have found that configuring 4GB partitions for the Expanded Tree Cache and the List Cache generally works well in most cases; for this you would set the number of partitions to 18

For the Compressed Tree Cache the number of partitions can be set to 22.

Important note

The maximum number of configurable partitions is 32

Each cache partition should be no more than 8192 MB

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