Here is a note which addresses the queries like: "Why is Eclipse so slow?" and "Why does Eclipse crash so much" when using IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) Eclipse client.
With little efforts and self troubleshooting you can watch the memory consumption over time which gives an indication if the IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) Eclipse client is using too much memory.
Eclipse Heap Status
While running an IBM RTC Eclipse Client, you have the option to monitor the Heap Status.
Hovering the mouse over the widget gives you a tooltip with more information. Clicking the garbage can icon forces a System.gc(). More options are available with a context menu:
IBM Java 1.6 documentation of memory settings: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/javasdk/v6r0/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.java.doc.diagnostics.60%2Fdiag%2Fappendixes%2Fcmdline%2Fcommands_gc.html
- General settings for the Workbench - desktop development environment: http://help.eclipse.org/juno/index.jsp?topic=%2Forg.eclipse.platform.doc.user%2Freference%2Fref-10.htm