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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HDFS-4461) DirectoryScanner: volume path prefix takes up memory for every block that is scanned
Date Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:00:22 GMT

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Todd Lipcon commented on HDFS-4461:
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FWIW we are running into this again with another customer who has a large number of blocks
per DN. The heap usage is constant at around 4GB until the directory scanner runs. This causes
an doubling of the required heap in the DN, which caused OOM. We've worked around it by bumping
the heap even higher, but we should address this issue. The fact that the usage is short-lived
doesn't matter, since the heap size has to be set according to the max heap, not the average
heap.
                
> 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, HDFS-4461.004.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 would be a nice efficiency improvement.

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