SAP Memory Management (an Overview


SAP Memory Management
SAP Memory areas overview : - SAP Buffer - SAP Roll Memory - SAP Extended Memory - SAP Heap Memory - SAP Paging Memory - Fixed Local Memory of the SAP work Process Main factors in configuring SAP Memory : - Physical Main Memory (RAM)  give attention to ratio between physical and virtual memory - Operating system options and restrictions  compare between 32 and 64 bit system architecture

Memory management fundamental : The word “memory”  virtual memory  physical main memory + swap space  local memory + shared memory
The maximum amount of virtual memory that can be allocated is limited by two variable :

- Result of physical hardware restriction - Maximum address space permited by operating system The Operating System manages two type of memory : -Local memory  allocated precisely to one operating system process -Shared memory  accessible to multiple operating system process

User Context Reffered :  Data which is generated by transaction process  Variables, Internal table & screen list  New sesion = new user context  Data is stored independently in different memory areas  Stored in SAP roll memory, SAP extended memory, & SAP Heap Memory Sesions divide into : External sesion  opened explicitly by user  Internal sesion  Opened implicitly by program submit, call transaction, call dialog, call screen, call function in update task, call function in background task, and call function starting new task.

Process Flow

Pres. server

SAP Application Sever
Table buffer SAP Extended Memory Program buffer DDIC Buffer

DB Server

Databas e buffer


Dispatcher Queue

SAP Roll Memory

dispatche r

Work Process Work Process Work Process

DB Process DB Process DB Process

SAP Roll Memory  Local SAP Roll area of work process - The initial part of user context stored - Each SAP work process can only access its own roll area Shared SAP Roll Area - Accessible to all of instance work processes - Buffer to temporary keep user context when a user is assigned to new work process - Roll in : copying user context from shared roll area to local roll area

- Roll Out : copying user context from local roll area to shared roll area

Roll buffer (shared memory) Roll area (local)
copy copy

Roll area (local) Work Process2

Work Process1

Roll file (disk)


Roll Buffer (shared) Roll (local) Roll In / Roll Out Roll file




SAP Roll area parameters - ztta/roll_first - ztta/roll_area - rdisp/ROLL_SHM - rdisp/ROLL_MAXFS : First amount of roll area used in a dialog WP : size of the local SAP Roll area in the work process : size of SAP roll Buffer : size of entire shared SAP roll area

SAP Extended Memory  Shared memory which mostly of user context stored  All SAP work process can edit stored user context directly  Roll in rather only copied the address (pointer) of where a user context located on the SAP extended memory.  makes roll process much faster



SAP Extended Memory main parameters :  em/initial_size_MB : size of SAP extended memory allocated when the SAP instance starts up  em/blocksize_KB : size block which split SAP Extended Memory  ztta/roll_extension : maximum size of a user context in the SAP Extended memory

SAP Heap Memory  Area which allocated variably as local memory as required.  Released after a transaction is complete. SAP Heap Memory main parameters :  abap/heap_area_dia : quotas oh SAP heap memory that a dialog process can allocated.

 abap/heap_area_nondia : quotas oh SAP heap memory that a nondialog process can allocated.  abap/heap_area_total  abap/heaplimit : size that can be allocated in total by all work process. : Workprocess restart limit of heap memory abap/heap_area_(non)dia abap/heap_area_total

Heap Memory (local)

Sequence in which memory is allocated (dialog work process) :
User Context
Roll memory to zttz/roll_extension

UserIndependent Data





Roll memory to zttz/roll_first

Roll memory to zttz/roll_area

Roll memory to abap/heap_area_dia

Copying data during context change

Mapping the data during context change

- Data stays in work process - No context switch possible - Work process in private mode

Sequence in which memory is allocated (non-dialog work process) :
User Context
Roll memory to abap/heap_area_dia

UserIndependent Data




Roll memory to zttz/roll_area

Roll memory to zttz/roll_extension

Copying data during context change

Mapping the data during context change - Data stays in work process - No context switch possible - Work process in private mode

SAP EG Memory and SAP Paging Memory  Data can be stored globally between user context SAP Extended Global Memory  Used to store data across user context  Allows fast & copy-free switching based on mapping.  Substracted from SAP Extended Memory to calculate the remaining storage space  configured using em/global_area_MB parameters

SAP Paging Memory Object that stored in the SAP Paging Memory :  ABAP data cluster stored temporarily with ABAP statement

 Parameter transferred when programs and transaction called

 Data extracts created by statement EXTRACT (up to basis 4.5) SAP Paging Memory Main Parameters :  rdisp/PG_MAXFS : Size of SAP Paging Memory  rdisp/PG_SHM : Size of SAP Paging Buffer (shared memory)

Error caused by SAP Paging Memory :

Server Global Memory (shared memory)
SAP buffers (contains e.g SAP Programs) SAP roll buffer Extended Memory SAP paging buffer (User Context)

Local memory
Additional local heap memory (if required)

Local memory

Local memory

Local memory

SAP Roll File SAP Paging File Work Process Work Process

Work Process

Configuring & Monitoring SAP Memory Areas Main Objective :  Performance  Stability

Main Factors to be considered :  Physical Main Memory (RAM)  Swap space or paging file of the operating system  Operating system restriction

Next points to be considered : • Total Main Memory Requirement • Number of Computer • Several SAP instances per computer • SAP extended memory and roll buffer • Memory for SAP work process • Database Instance

Zero administration memory magement :
 PHYS_MEMSIZE parameter defines how much of a computer’s total physical memory should be used for the SAP instance.

Address Space Restriction (Unix)

em/initial_size_MB User Independent WP Local SAP Buffers (Shared) Roll Memory (Shared) User Context SAP Extended Memory (Shared)


SAP Heap Memory (local)

Address Space
SAP Work Process

Address Space Restriction (Windows)

em/initial_size_MB SAP Extended Memory Total

em/address_space_MB User Independent WP Local SAP Buffers (Shared) Roll Memory (Shared) User Context SAP Extended Memory (Shared)


SAP Heap Memory (local)

Address Space
SAP Work Process

Assistance With Troubleshooting Error because of incorect memory area configuration :  Operating System can not start because the operating system cannot provide the requsted memory area  Session terminations  User is logged off  ABAP Program termination. Four error factors :  Program errors (e.g endless loop)  SAP Profile parameters are set incorectly  The Swap Space on the operating system is not large enough  Configuration parameters of the operating system are set incorectly or OS limits have been reached.

ABAP Program Termination :
 The memory of user context is used up : STORAGE_PARAMETERS_WRONG_SET, SYSTEM_ROLL_IN_ERROR, TSV_TNEW_BLOCKS_NO_ROLL_MEMORY, TSV_TNEW_PAGE_PAGE_ALLOC_FAILED, TSV_TNEW_INDEX_NO_ROLL_MEMORY  System can not create the program buffer because there is not not sufficient shared memory at that time PXA_NO_SHARED_MEMORY  The Program encounters a memory bottleneck during an operation in the database interface DBIF_RTAB_NO_MEMORY, DBIF_RSQL_NO_MEMORY The Program encounters a memory bottleneck during sorting. EXSORT_NOT_ENOUGH_MEMORY Attemp to create error log fails after a terminated program due to lack of memory. RABAX_CALLING_RABAX The SAP paging memory is used up SYSTEM_NO_MORE_PAGING, TSV_TNEW_PAGE_ALLOC_FAILED The memory for SET/GET parameter (SPA/GPA memory) is used up. SET_PARAMETER_MEMORY_OVERFLOW  Volume limit of memoy allocated to single call (ztta/max_memreq_MB) is set too low SYSTEM_NO_ROLL

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