MMTk HeapGrowthManager heap growth ratio computation has discontinuities

Description

In HeapGrowthManager.computeHeapChangeRatio(), the current implementation determines the heap size change ratio by a lookup in the 2-dimensional function table (indexed by liveRatio and gcLoad). Given a current liveRatio X and gcLoad Y, the code finds the table rows and columns with nearest values above and below X and Y, then does interpolation from these table lookup values to determine the heap size change ratio.

However, there is a bug in the interpolation. If X (or Y, respectively) is exactly equal to a row (or column, respectively) label value, then the interpolation still happens, between values in rows (cols) either side of row X (col Y). This leads to discontinuities in the heap sizing function - see attached graphs.

The submitted patch suppresses interpolation (interpolation correction value becomes 0) in the case where X or Y falls on a label value exactly, so avoiding the discontinuity.

Environment

affects all.

Status

Assignee

DaveG

Reporter

Jeremy Singer

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