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JAVA heap space error

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when i am calling the VHDL file generated from IP - Turbo Decoder in Xilinx , in simulink black box i am getting an error named JAVA heap Space.

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Looks like the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) wasn't allocated enough memory to perform the matching process. The Power*MatchMaker stores the match data in memory, so if you have a lot of duplicates, then it can fill up memory quickly.

You can read this thread to see our justification for doing most of the work in memory. Technique used (performance related)

You can increase the amount of memory that the VM uses by setting or altering the Java Virtual Machine arguments when you run Power*MatchMaker, which will depend on which OS you're running Power*MatchMaker on.

i assume you're using MS SQL Server, I'm presuming you're using the Windows version (correct me if I'm wrong). In which case, you can increase the memory allocated to the JVM by:

1) Opening the properties for the Power*MatchMaker shortcut generated by the installer.

2) Then in the 'Target' field, there should be the command to run Power*MatchMaker. There should already be an argument that says '-Xmx600m'.

3) Change the '600' to the number of MB of memory that you'd like to allocate to the the JVM. (ex. '-Xmx1024m', or maybe even '-Xmx2048m').

4) Then try running that match again.

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How to set java heap size in Tomcat?
Stop Tomcat server, set environment variable CATALINA_OPTS, and then restart Tomcat. Look at the file tomcat-install/bin/ or catalina.bat for how this variable is used. For example,

set CATALINA_OPTS=”-Xms512m -Xmx512m” (Windows)
export CATALINA_OPTS=”-Xms512m -Xmx512m” (ksh/bash)
setenv CATALINA_OPTS “-Xms512m -Xmx512m” (tcsh/csh)

In catalina.bat or, you may have noticed CATALINA_OPTS, JAVA_OPTS, or both can be used to specify Tomcat JVM options. What is the difference between CATALINA_OPTS and JAVA_OPTS? The name CATALINA_OPTS is specific for Tomcat servlet container, whereas JAVA_OPTS may be used by other java applications (e.g., JBoss). Since environment variables are shared by all applications, we don’t want Tomcat to inadvertently pick up the JVM options intended for other apps. I prefer to use CATALINA_OPTS.

How to set java heap size in JBoss?
Stop JBoss server, edit $JBOSS_HOME/bin/run.conf, and then restart JBoss server. You can change the line with JAVA_OPTS to something like:

JAVA_OPTS=”-server -Xms128m -Xmx128m”

How to set java heap size in Eclipse?
You have 2 options:
1. Edit eclipse-home/eclipse.ini to be something like the following and restart Eclipse.


2. Or, you can just run eclipse command with additional options at the very end. Anything after -vmargs will be treated as JVM options and passed directly to the JVM. JVM options specified in the command line this way will always override those in eclipse.ini. For example,

eclipse -vmargs -Xms64m -Xmx256m

How to set java heap size in NetBeans?
Exit NetBeans, edit the file netbeans-install/etc/netbeans.conf. For example,

netbeans_default_options=”-J-Xms512m -J-Xmx512m -J-XX:permSize=32m -J-XX:MaxPermSize=128m -J-Xverify:none

How to set java heap size in Apache Ant?
Set environment variable ANT_OPTS. Look at the file $ANT_HOME/bin/ant or %ANT_HOME%\bin\ant.bat, for how this variable is used by Ant runtime.

set ANT_OPTS=”-Xms512m -Xmx512m” (Windows)
export ANT_OPTS=”-Xms512m -Xmx512m” (ksh/bash)
setenv ANT_OPTS “-Xms512m -Xmx512m” (tcsh/csh)

How to set java heap size in jEdit?
jEdit is a java application, and basically you need to set minimum/maximum heap size JVM options when you run java command. jEdit by default runs with a default maximum heap size 64m. When you work on large files, you are likely to get these errors:

java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space
at java.lang.String.concat(
at org.gjt.sp.jedit.buffer.UndoManager.contentInserted(
at org.gjt.sp.jedit.Buffer.insert(
at org.gjt.sp.jedit.textarea.JEditTextArea.setSelectedText(
at org.gjt.sp.jedit.textarea.JEditTextArea.setSelectedText(
at org.gjt.sp.jedit.Registers.paste(

How to fix it? If you click a desktop icon, or Start menu item to start jEdit: right-click the icon or menu item, view its property, and you can see its target is something like:

C:\jdk6\bin\javaw.exe -jar “C:\jedit\jedit.jar”

You can change that line to:

C:\jdk6\bin\javaw.exe -Xmx128m -Xms128m -jar “C:\jedit\jedit.jar”

If you run a script to start jEdit: just add these JVM options to the java line inside the script file:

java -Xmx128m -Xms128m -jar jedit.jar

If you start jEdit by running java command: just add these JVM options to your java command:

java -Xmx128m -Xms128m -jar jedit.jar

Note that when you run java with -jar option, anything after -jar jar-file will be treated as application arguments. So you should always put JVM options before -jar. Otherwise, you will get error:

C:\jedit>java -jar jedit.jar -Xmx128m
Unknown option: -Xmx128m
Usage: jedit [] []

How to set java heap size in JavaEE SDK/J2EE SDK/Glassfish/Sun Java System Application Server?
Stop the application server, edit
$GLASSFISH_HOME/domains/domain1/config/domain.xml, search for XML element name java-config and jvm-options. For example,

<java-config suffix=”…”>

You can also change these settings in the web-based admin console, typically at https://localhost:4848/, or https://localhost:4848/. Go to Application Server near the top of the left panel, and then on the right panel, click JVM Settings -> JVM Options, and you will see a list of existing JVM options. You can add new ones and modify existing ones there.

Yet another option is to use its Command Line Interface (CLI) tool command, such as:

./asadmin help create-jvm-options
./asadmin help delete-jvm-options

They may be a bit hard to use manually, but are well suited for automated scripts.
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