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From "Suresh Srinivas (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-4461) DirectoryScanner: volume path prefix takes up memory for every block that is scanned
Date Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:34:12 GMT

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Suresh Srinivas commented on HDFS-4461:
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bq. This has been causing out-of-memory conditions for users who pick such long volume paths.
I doubt that the directory scanner is the cause of OOM error. It is probably happening due
to some other issue. How many blocks per storage directory do you have, when OOME happened?

bq. here's a before vs. after picture of a memory analysis. you can see that in the "after"
picture, we are no longer storing the path prefix twice per block in the ScanInfo class
I have hard time understanding the picture. How many bytes are we saving per ScanInfo?
                
> DirectoryScanner: volume path prefix takes up memory for every block that is scanned

> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HDFS-4461
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HDFS-4461
>             Project: Hadoop HDFS
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.3-alpha
>            Reporter: Colin Patrick McCabe
>            Assignee: Colin Patrick McCabe
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: HDFS-4461.002.patch, HDFS-4461.003.patch, memory-analysis.png
>
>
> In the {{DirectoryScanner}}, we create a class {{ScanInfo}} for every block.  This object
contains two File objects-- one for the metadata file, and one for the block file.  Since
those File objects contain full paths, users who pick a lengthly path for their volume roots
will end up using an extra N_blocks * path_prefix bytes per block scanned.  We also don't
really need to store File objects-- storing strings and then creating File objects as needed
would be cheaper.  This has been causing out-of-memory conditions for users who pick such
long volume paths.

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