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From "Manoj Govindassamy (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HDFS-11881) NameNode consumes a lot of memory for snapshot diff report generation
Date Wed, 24 May 2017 19:42:04 GMT
Manoj Govindassamy created HDFS-11881:
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             Summary: NameNode consumes a lot of memory for snapshot diff report generation
                 Key: HDFS-11881
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-11881
             Project: Hadoop HDFS
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: hdfs, snapshots
    Affects Versions: 3.0.0-alpha1
            Reporter: Manoj Govindassamy
            Assignee: Manoj Govindassamy


Problem:
HDFS supports a snapshot diff tool which can generate a [detailed report | https://hadoop.apache.org/docs/current/hadoop-project-dist/hadoop-hdfs/HdfsSnapshots.html#Get_Snapshots_Difference_Report]
of modified, created, deleted and renamed files between any 2 snapshots.
{noformat}
hdfs snapshotDiff <path> <fromSnapshot> <toSnapshot>
{noformat}

However, if the diff list between 2 snapshots happens to be huge, in the order of millions,
then NameNode can consume a lot of memory while generating the huge diff report. In a few
cases, we are seeing NameNode getting into a long GC lasting for few minutes to make room
for this burst in memory requirement during snapshot diff report generation.

RootCause:
* NameNode tries to generate the diff report with all diff entries at once which puts undue
pressure 
* Each diff report entry has the diff type (enum), source path byte array, and destination
path byte array to the minimum. Let's take file deletions use case. For file deletions, there
would be only source or destination paths in the diff report entry. Let's assume these deleted
files on average take 128Bytes for the path. 4 million file deletion captured in diff report
will thus need 512MB of memory 
* The snapshot diff report uses simple java ArrayList which tries to double its backing contiguous
memory chunk every time the usage factor crosses the capacity threshold. So, a 512MB memory
requirement might be internally asking for a much larger contiguous memory chunk

Proposal:
* Make NameNode snapshot diff report service follow the batch model (like directory listing
service). Clients (hdfs snapshotDiff command) will then receive  diff report in small batches,
and need to iterate several times to get the full list.
* Additionally, snap diff report service in the NameNode can make use of ChunkedArrayList
data structure instead of the current ArrayList so as to avoid the curse of fragmentation
and large contiguous memory requirement.



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