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From "Michael McCandless (Assigned) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Assigned] (LUCENE-3841) CloseableThreadLocal does not work well with Tomcat thread pooling
Date Sun, 11 Mar 2012 13:51:58 GMT


Michael McCandless reassigned LUCENE-3841:

    Assignee: Michael McCandless
> CloseableThreadLocal does not work well with Tomcat thread pooling
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-3841
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: core/other
>    Affects Versions: 3.5
>         Environment: Lucene/Tika/Snowball running in a Tomcat web application
>            Reporter: Matthew Bellew
>            Assignee: Michael McCandless
>             Fix For: 3.6, 4.0
> We tracked down a large memory leak (effectively a leak anyway) caused
> by how Analyzer users CloseableThreadLocal.
> CloseableThreadLocal.hardRefs holds references to Thread objects as
> keys.  The problem is that it only frees these references in the set()
> method, and SnowballAnalyzer will only call set() when it is used by a
> NEW thread.
> The problem scenario is as follows:
> The server experiences a spike in usage (say by robots or whatever)
> and many threads are created and referenced by
> CloseableThreadLocal.hardRefs.  The server quiesces and lets many of
> these threads expire normally.  Now we have a smaller, but adequate
> thread pool.  So CloseableThreadLocal.set() may not be called by
> SnowBallAnalyzer (via Analyzer) for a _long_ time.  The purge code is
> never called, and these threads along with their thread local storage
> (lucene related or not) is never cleaned up.
> I think calling the purge code in both get() and set() would have
> avoided this problem, but is potentially expensive.  Perhaps using 
> WeakHashMap instead of HashMap may also have helped.  WeakHashMap 
> purges on get() and set().  So this might be an efficient way to
> clean up threads in get(), while set() might do the more expensive
> Map.keySet() iteration.
> Our current work around is to not share SnowBallAnalyzer instances
> among HTTP searcher threads.  We open and close one on every request.
> Thanks,
> Matt

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