I have a postGIS database and tomcat8 with Geoserver installed in my raspberry pi model 3b running Ubuntu MATE.

The problem is, geoserver runs really slow, and I mean really slow. It takes up to 15 minutes to load just the presentation view in

This is not really an inconvenient anyway, since it's already configured (took forever), but since this is a service I have to use online for a map-based application, it's certainly not good.

We (my team) are working with leaflet, angular and spring, complementary to postgres and the geoserver for the layers. It takes literally 5 to 10 minutes to load the map every time a user moves through it or just zooms in/out.

I have no idea why, connection is good 100mbps up/down, the rest of the tomcat apps are running allright, it doesn't even have any load, it's 2 users at the same time max.

  • Can you run top or htop on it and see if its CPU-bound or out of real RAM? How much RAM does it have? What's the disk arrangement? I had a very slow Pi backup server that sped up x100 when I mounted the external USB with `noatime' options.
    – Spacedman
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 18:02

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I believe you're trying to ask too much out of that hardware... running a GeoServer requires a "server" (a laptop PC will do, even a few years old), the Raspberry does not have enough computational power.

I believe that running a full fledged distro like Ubuntu MATE is not helping, but the real issue is the hardware.

  • Yeah, apparently, lol. I've run it before in virtual machines and thought it wouldn't require much, guess I was wrong, CPU goes up to 150% when loading geoserver. Anyway, thanks for your help!
    – dari1495
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 18:09
  • Please read also this thread osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/…
    – user30184
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 18:14

I've had not unreasonable results with my RaspberryPi 3, though I'm not trying to do any complex rendering yet. You can see a lag when panning or scrolling a map but using tiles and caching helps with that (as you'd expect).

I wouldn't want to use it as a server for production but as a test platform and for taking out in the field with no power it's fine. Also I'm not running the client on it which probably helps - splash out and get a second Pi for that.

I'm running tomcat on Raspbian using

JAVA_OPTS="-Djava.awt.headless=true -Xmx128M -Xmx756M -XX:SoftRefLRUPolicyMSPerMB=36000 -XX:+UseParallelGC --XX:+UseParNewGC "

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