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From Mike Hugo <>
Subject Memory setting recommendations for Accumulo / Hadoop
Date Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:35:47 GMT

I'm setting up accumulo on a small cluster where each node has 96GB of ram
and 24 cores.  Any recommendations on what memory settings to use for the
accumulo processes, as well as what to use for the hadoop processes (e.g.
datanode, etc)?

I did a small test just to try some things standalone on a single node,
setting the accumulo processes to 2GB of ram and the HADOOP_HEAPSIZE=2000.
 While running a map reduce job with 4 workers (each allocated 1GB of RAM),
the datanode runs out of memory about 25% of the way into the job and dies.
 The job is basically building an index, iterating over data in one table
and applying mutations to another - nothing too fancy.

Since I'm dealing with a subset of data, I set the table split threshold to
128M for testing purposes, there are currently about 170 tablets so we not
dealing with a ton of data here. Might this low split threshold be a
contributing factor?

Should I increase the HADDOP_HEAPSIZE even further?  Or will that just
delay the inevitable OOM error?

The exception we are seeing is below.

ERROR org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.server.datanode.DataNode:
DatanodeRegistration(...):DataXceiveServer: Exiting due
to:java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: unable to create new native thread
        at java.lang.Thread.start0(Native Method)
        at java.lang.Thread.start(Unknown Source)
        at Source)

Thanks for your help!


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