While playing around with CouchDB I have observed that my system was running really slow (actually first of all I notice it heating) and the System Monitor showed that both CPU was at 100% and network usage was very high. The responsible for this was beam.
Doing some Google research I found that beam was related to CouchDB but the only thing that I was trying to do is connecting to a CouchDb server and after getting a DB Connector using a wrong user/password combination, try to create a document.
Debugging my Java code I found that the system was running some code in Apache HTTP client that for some reason did not finish (showing an error or throwing an Exception) but keep trying and trying.
Trying to find the problem I downloaded the sources of the latest version (4.2) of httpclient, httpclient-cache and httpcore for debugging them and … surprise! the problem disappear. Then I downloaded the sources for version 4.1.1 (the one that I was using before) and failed again.
Conclusion: If you have problems with beam and you are using apache-http version try upgrading it.