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From "Paul Rogers (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (DRILL-5594) Excessive buffer reallocations during merge phase of external sort
Date Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:02:00 GMT
Paul Rogers created DRILL-5594:
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             Summary: Excessive buffer reallocations during merge phase of external sort
                 Key: DRILL-5594
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DRILL-5594
             Project: Apache Drill
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 1.11.0
            Reporter: Paul Rogers
            Assignee: Paul Rogers
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 1.11.0


Consider the log file attached to DRILL-5513. The log shows an excessive number of buffer
reallocations while assembling the merged output of the sort:

{code}
2017-05-15 12:58:46,319 [26e5f7b8-71e8-afca-e72e-fad7be2b2416:frag:5:13] DEBUG o.a.drill.exec.vector.BigIntVector
- Reallocating vector [$data$(BIGINT:REQUIRED)]. # of bytes: [32768] -> [65536]
2017-05-15 12:58:46,321 [26e5f7b8-71e8-afca-e72e-fad7be2b2416:frag:5:13] DEBUG o.a.drill.exec.vector.UInt4Vector
- Reallocating vector [$offsets$(UINT4:REQUIRED)]. # of bytes: [16384] -> [32768]
...:5:13] DEBUG o.a.drill.exec.vector.UInt4Vector - Reallocating vector [$offsets$(UINT4:REQUIRED)].
# of bytes: [16384] -> [32768]
...:5:13] DEBUG o.a.drill.exec.vector.UInt1Vector - Reallocating vector [$bits$(UINT1:REQUIRED)].
# of bytes: [4096] -> [8192]
...:5:13] DEBUG o.a.drill.exec.vector.UInt1Vector - Reallocating vector [$bits$(UINT1:REQUIRED)].
# of bytes: [4096] -> [8192]
...5:13] DEBUG o.a.drill.exec.vector.UInt1Vector - Reallocating vector [$bits$(UINT1:REQUIRED)].
# of bytes: [4096] -> [8192]
...5:13] DEBUG o.a.drill.exec.vector.BigIntVector - Reallocating vector [c(BIGINT:OPTIONAL)].
# of bytes: [32768] -> [65536]
..5:13] DEBUG o.a.drill.exec.vector.UInt1Vector - Reallocating vector [$bits$(UINT1:REQUIRED)].
# of bytes: [4096] -> [8192]
...frag:5:13] DEBUG o.a.drill.exec.vector.Float8Vector - Reallocating vector [d(FLOAT8:OPTIONAL)].
# 
...
{code}

Hundreds of these lines appear. This means that the initial buffer allocation is too small.

Given that the merge phase knows the number of rows it will put into the batch, and has access
to the "sizer" information to estimate Varchar widths, the merge phase should predict, and
allocate, the required buffer sizes to avoid repeated reallocation. Each reallocation requires:

* Allocate new buffer (which puts memory pressure on the sort's memory)
* Copy data from old to new buffer
* Zero-fill the new half (zero-fill is not done on the first allocation, strangely.)
* Free the unneeded original buffer.

Since the sort is already slow, the above extra work just makes the problem worse.



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