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From "Benjamin Lerer (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-10971) Compressed commit log has no backpressure and can OOM
Date Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:38:18 GMT


Benjamin Lerer commented on CASSANDRA-10971:

My understanding of the problem is that in the case where the commit log cannot flush to the
disk fast enough, due to the compression overhead, the {{CommitLogSegmentManager}} will keep
on creating new {{CompressedSegments}}. As each of those segments will use a new buffer (the
ones of the pool being all in use), Cassandra can run out of memory. 

Will it not be simpler to add backpressure by limiting the number of active segments?

What I mean is, if the {{CommitLogSegmentManager}} stops allocating new segments once a certain
number of active segments has been reached, it will make the {{CommitLog.add}} method blocking
until some segments have been reclaimed. 

It seems to me that, even in the case of {{MemoryMappedSegment}}, we should be able to apply
back pressure, if the disk cannot handle the load. Am I wrong on that? 

As I am not a CommitLog expert I might have missed something.

> Compressed commit log has no backpressure and can OOM
> -----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-10971
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Local Write-Read Paths
>            Reporter: Ariel Weisberg
>            Assignee: Ariel Weisberg
>             Fix For: 3.x
> I validated this via a unit test that slowed the ability of the log to drain to the filesystem.
The compressed commit log will keep allocating buffers pending compression until it OOMs.
> I have a fix that am not very happy with because the whole signal a thread to allocate
a segment that depends on a resource that may not be available results in some obtuse usage
of {{CompleatableFuture}} to rendezvous available buffers with {{CommitLogSegmentManager}}
thread waiting to finish constructing a new segment. The {{CLSM}} thread is in turn signaled
by the thread(s) that actually wants to write to the next segment, but aren't able to do it

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