Elasticsearch - Locking Memory for Production

Each row is a An individual credit transaction made by a state employee on a specific date.


Here is what I have done to lock the memory on my ES nodes, version 5.4.0 on RedHat/Centos 7 (it will work on other distributions if they use systemd).

You must make the change in 4 different places:

1) /etc/sysconfig/elasticsearch

On sysconfig: /etc/sysconfig/elasticsearch you should have:

ES_JAVA_OPTS="-Xms4g -Xmx4g" 

(replace 4g with HALF your available RAM as recommended [here][1])

2) /etc/security/limits.conf

On security limits config: /etc/security/limits.conf you should have

elasticsearch soft memlock unlimited
elasticsearch hard memlock unlimited

3) /usr/lib/systemd/system/elasticsearch.service

On the service script: /usr/lib/systemd/system/elasticsearch.service you should uncomment:


you should do systemctl daemon-reload after changing the service script

4) /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml

On elasticsearch config finally: /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml you should add:

bootstrap.memory_lock: true

Thats it, restart your node and the RAM will be locked, you should notice a major performance improvement.

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