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From "Jack Krupansky (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-10937) OOM on multiple nodes on write load (v. 3.0.0), problem also present on DSE-4.8.3, but there it survives more time
Date Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:36:39 GMT


Jack Krupansky commented on CASSANDRA-10937:

I still don't see any reason to believe that there is a bug here and that the primary issue
is that you are overloading the cluster. Sure, Cassandra should do a better job of shedding/failing
excessive incoming requests, and there is an open Jira ticket to add just such a freature,
but even with that new feature, the net effect will be the same - it will still be up to the
application and operations to properly size the cluster and throttle application load before
it gets to Cassandra.

OOM is not typically an indication of a software bug. Sure, sometimes code has memory leaks,
but with a highly dynamic system such as Cassandra, it typically means either a misconfigured
JVM or just very heavy load. Sometimes OOM simply means that there is a lot of background
processing going on (like compactions or hinted handoff) that is having trouble keeping up
with incoming requests. Sometimes OOM occurs because you have too large a heap which defers
GC but then GC takes too long and further incoming requests simply generate more pressure
on the heap faster than that massive GC can deal with it.

It is indeed tricky to make sure the JVM has enough heap but not too much. DSE typically runs
with a larger heap by default. You can try increasing your heap to 10 or 12G. But if you make
the heap too big, the big GC can bite you as described above. In that case, the heap needs
to be reduced. Typically you don't need a heap smaller than 8 GB. If OOM occurs with a 8 GB
heap it typically means the load on that node is simply too heavy.

Be sure to review the recommendations in this blog post on reasonable recommendations:

A few questions that will help us better understand what you are really trying to do:

1. How much reading are you doing and when relative to writes?
2. Are you doing any updates or deletes? (Cause compaction, which can fall behind your write/update
3. How much data is on the cluster (rows)?
4. How many tables?
5. What RF? RF=3 would be the recommendation, but if you have a heavy read load you may need
6. Have you tested using cassandra-stress? That's the gold standard around here.
7. Are your clients using token-aware routing? (Otherwise a write must be bounced from the
coordinating node to the node owning the token for the partition key.)
8. Are you using batches for your writes? If, so, do all the writes in one batch have the
same partition key? (If not, adds more network hops.)

> OOM on multiple nodes on write load (v. 3.0.0), problem also present on DSE-4.8.3, but
there it survives more time
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-10937
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Bug
>         Environment: Cassandra : 3.0.0
> Installed as open archive, no connection to any OS specific installer.
> Java:
> Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_65-b17)
> OS :
> Linux version 2.6.32-431.el6.x86_64 ( (gcc
version 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-4) (GCC) ) #1 SMP Sun Nov 10 22:19:54 EST 2013
> We have:
> 8 guests ( Linux OS as above) on 2 (VMWare managed) physical hosts. Each physical host
keeps 4 guests.
> Physical host parameters(shared by all 4 guests):
> Model: HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9
> Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2690 v3 @ 2.60GHz
> 46 logical processors.
> Hyperthreading - enabled
> Each guest assigned to have:
> 1 disk 300 Gb for seq. log (NOT SSD)
> 1 disk 4T for data (NOT SSD)
> 11 CPU cores
> Disks are local, not shared.
> Memory on each host -  24 Gb total.
> 8 (or 6, tested both) Gb - cassandra heap
> (lshw and cpuinfo attached in file test2.rar)
>            Reporter: Peter Kovgan
>            Priority: Critical
>         Attachments: gc-stat.txt, more-logs.rar, some-heap-stats.rar, test2.rar, test3.rar,
test4.rar, test5.rar, test_2.1.rar, test_2.1_logs_older.rar, test_2.1_restart_attempt_log.rar
> 8 cassandra nodes.
> Load test started with 4 clients(different and not equal machines), each running 1000
> Each thread assigned in round-robin way to run one of 4 different inserts. 
> Consistency->ONE.
> I attach the full CQL schema of tables and the query of insert.
> Replication factor - 2:
> create keyspace OBLREPOSITORY_NY with replication = {'class':'NetworkTopologyStrategy','NY':2};
> Initiall throughput is:
> 215.000  inserts /sec
> or
> 54Mb/sec, considering single insert size a bit larger than 256byte.
> Data:
> all fields(5-6) are short strings, except one is BLOB of 256 bytes.
> After about a 2-3 hours of work, I was forced to increase timeout from 2000 to 5000ms,
for some requests failed for short timeout.
> Later on(after aprox. 12 hous of work) OOM happens on multiple nodes.
> (all failed nodes logs attached)
> I attach also java load client and instructions how set-up and use it.(test2.rar)
> Update:
> Later on test repeated with lesser load (100000 mes/sec) with more relaxed CPU (idle
25%), with only 2 test clients, but anyway test failed.
> Update:
> DSE-4.8.3 also failed on OOM (3 nodes from 8), but here it survived 48 hours, not 10-12.
> Attachments:
> test2.rar -contains most of material
> more-logs.rar - contains additional nodes logs

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