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Measuring the Size of a Java Object Graph at Runtime

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000024638D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02

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Determining the size of a Java object is not a straightforward process as it involves traversing the object graph. Many applications do require information about object sizes such as profilers, compilers, and other programs in which memory management is a consideration. We describe in this article a method for computing the size of a runtime Java object. This method has been implemented and is available as a Java package.