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IBM provides tooling and documentation to assist in the understanding, monitoring, and problem diagnosis of applications and deployments running IBM Runtime Environments for Java.
Updated: Health Center Version 2.2
The Health Center is a lightweight tool that monitors active IBM Virtual Machines for Java with minimal performance overhead. The Health Center suggests live tuning recommendations for Garbage Collection, profiles methods including call stacks, and highlights contended locks. This release includes a new Health Center API.
Learn more about the Health Center.
Interactive Diagnostic Data Explorer 1.1
Interactive Diagnostic Data Explorer (IDDE) is the strategic tool for allowing interactive analysis of JVM problems using post mortem artifacts such as core files or javacores. It is lightweight, allowing you to quickly get information from the artifact you are investigating where you aren't sure what the problem is and you want to avoid launching resource intensive analysis.
Learn more about the IDDE.
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Memory Analyzer Version 1.2
The Memory Analyzer brings the diagnostic capabilities of the Eclipse Memory Analyzer Tool (MAT) to the IBM Virtual Machines for Java. Memory Analyzer extends Eclipse MAT using the Diagnostic Tool Framework for Java (DTFJ) which enables Java heap analysis using operating system level dumps and IBM Portable Heap Dumps (PHD).
Learn more about the Memory Analyzer.
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IBM Extensions for Memory Analyzer
The IBM Extensions for Memory Analyzer offer both additional capabilities for debugging generic Java applications, and capabilities for debugging specific IBM software products by building knowledge of those products into the extensions.
Learn more about the IBM Extensions for Memory Analyzer.
Garbage Collection and Memory Visualizer Version 2.7
The Garbage Collection and Memory Visualizer (GCMV) helps visualise the memory footprint, garbage collection behaviour and performance of Java Applications using verbose garbage collection output. The Garbage Collection and Memory Visualizer provides recommendations for tuning the application.
Learn more GCMV.
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Dump Analyzer Version 2.2
The Dump Analyzer analyzes a formatted system dump and produces a report including suggestions on how to resolve the problem.
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Diagnostics Collector Version 1.0
The Diagnostics Collector starts automatically when a running Java Virtual Machine detects a problem. It searches for diagnostics files produced by the Java Virtual Machine for the problem event and stores them in a zip file. If a system dump is present, the Diagnostics Collector runs jextract on the dump and collects the jextract output.
Learn more about the Diagnostics Collector.
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IBM Diagnostic Tool Framework for Java Version 1.10
The Diagnostic Tool Framework for Java (DTFJ) is a Java application programming interface (API) used to support the building of Java diagnostics tools.
Download the IBM DTFJ.
Getting Hands On with the IBM Monitoring and Diagnostic Tools for Java
A problem solving 'Troubleshooting Masterclass' that uses the IBM Monitoring and Diagnostic Tools for Java to debug a faulty application running in WebSphere Application Server.
We have comprehensive IBM Diagnostics Guides relating to IBM's Developer Kits. We have now added a paper describing how to maximize IBM Java memory address space under a 32-bit Windows system, and a Garbage Collection and Storage Allocation Techniques paper that might prove helpful in tuning performance.
IBM developer kits
The IBM Centre for Java Technology Development provides Developer Kits for creating and testing Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition applets and applications on some of IBM's most popular platforms.