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Subject [GitHub] [incubator-mxnet] mfiore opened a new issue #13945: dataloader crashes with threads and slow downs with processes
Date Tue, 19 May 2020 18:27:24 GMT

mfiore opened a new issue #13945:

   ## Description
   (sorry, long issue, should it be split in two for multiprocess and threads? I posted them
together since I thought they might be related since part of the code is shared)
   Hello, I'm trying to train an ssd network using gluoncv. My dataset is a record file loaded
with RecordFileDetection and i'm using with SSDDefaultTrainTransform
(took most of the code from the sample script on gluoncv at

   There are some heavy slowdowns while iterating the batch. I've tried with different batch
sizes and num workers. If I measure the time to load a batch in the loop, it is normally in
the range of 0.02s, but has some random spikes of 4, 5 or even 7 seconds. 
   I've tried then using thread_pool=True in my dataloader. In this case reading from the
record io file makes the program crash.
   ##  Environment info (Required)
   ----------Python Info----------
   ('Version      :', '2.7.12')
   ('Compiler     :', 'GCC 5.4.0 20160609')
   ('Build        :', ('default', 'Nov 12 2018 14:36:49'))
   ('Arch         :', ('64bit', 'ELF'))
   ------------Pip Info-----------
   ('Version      :', '18.1')
   ('Directory    :', '/home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pip')
   ----------MXNet Info-----------
   ('Version      :', '1.5.0')
   ('Directory    :', '/home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet')
   ('Commit Hash   :', 'e8a2b8b9fdafaccbf65397cec142fffcae2289b7')
   ----------System Info----------
   ('Platform     :', 'Linux-4.15.0-43-generic-x86_64-with-Ubuntu-16.04-xenial')
   ('system       :', 'Linux')
   ('node         :', 'SLVIDPUBN001')
   ('release      :', '4.15.0-43-generic')
   ('version      :', '#46~16.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Dec 7 13:31:08 UTC 2018')
   ----------Hardware Info----------
   ('machine      :', 'x86_64')
   ('processor    :', 'x86_64')
   Architecture:          x86_64
   CPU op-mode(s):        32-bit, 64-bit
   Byte Order:            Little Endian
   CPU(s):                8
   On-line CPU(s) list:   0-7
   Thread(s) per core:    2
   Core(s) per socket:    4
   Socket(s):             1
   NUMA node(s):          1
   Vendor ID:             GenuineIntel
   CPU family:            6
   Model:                 158
   Model name:            Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700K CPU @ 4.20GHz
   Stepping:              9
   CPU MHz:               4500.178
   CPU max MHz:           4500.0000
   CPU min MHz:           800.0000
   BogoMIPS:              8400.00
   Virtualization:        VT-x
   L1d cache:             32K
   L1i cache:             32K
   L2 cache:              256K
   L3 cache:              8192K
   NUMA node0 CPU(s):     0-7
   Flags:                 fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat
pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc
art arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf tsc_known_freq
pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 sdbg fma cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1
sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm abm 3dnowprefetch
cpuid_fault epb invpcid_single pti ssbd ibrs ibpb stibp tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid
fsgsbase tsc_adjust bmi1 hle avx2 smep bmi2 erms invpcid rtm mpx rdseed adx smap clflushopt
intel_pt xsaveopt xsavec xgetbv1 xsaves dtherm ida arat pln pts hwp hwp_notify hwp_act_window
hwp_epp flush_l1d
   ----------Network Test----------
   Setting timeout: 10
   Timing for MXNet:, DNS: 0.0013 sec, LOAD: 0.5820
   Timing for PYPI:, DNS: 0.0286 sec, LOAD: 0.7725 sec.
   Timing for FashionMNIST:,
DNS: 0.0395 sec, LOAD: 0.3612 sec.
   Timing for Conda:, DNS: 0.0425 sec, LOAD: 0.1815 sec.
   Timing for Gluon Tutorial(en):, DNS: 0.0388 sec, LOAD: 0.8965 sec.
   Timing for Gluon Tutorial(cn):, DNS: 0.2893 sec, LOAD: 0.8236 sec.
   ## Error Message:
   Error message when training with thread_pool=True
   INFO:root:Started training from [Epoch 0]
   Corrupt JPEG data: premature end of data segment
   Corrupt JPEG data: 410 extraneous bytes before marker 0xd9
   Corrupt JPEG data: 288 extraneous bytes before marker 0xd9
   Corrupt JPEG data: 158 extraneous bytes before marker 0xd9
   Corrupt JPEG data: 422 extraneous bytes before marker 0xd9
   Corrupt JPEG data: 11 extraneous bytes before marker 0xd9
   Corrupt JPEG data: 498 extraneous bytes before marker 0xd9
   Corrupt JPEG data: 19227 extraneous bytes before marker 0xd9
   Corrupt JPEG data: 3195 extraneous bytes before marker 0xd9
   Traceback (most recent call last):
     File "", line 574, in <module>
       cls_list, summary_writer)
     File "", line 405, in train
       for i, batch in enumerate(train_data):
     File "/home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet/gluon/data/",
line 452, in next
       return self.__next__()
     File "/home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet/gluon/data/",
line 444, in __next__
       batch = ret.get()
     File "/usr/lib/python2.7/multiprocessing/", line 567, in get
       raise self._value
   mxnet.base.MXNetError: [10:55:43] src/io/ Check failed: !res.empty() Decoding
failed. Invalid image file.
   Stack trace returned 10 entries:
   [bt] (0) /home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet/
   [bt] (1) /home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet/
   [bt] (2) /home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet/,
bool, void*, unsigned long, mxnet::NDArray*)+0x9a6) [0x7fc188d3a746]
   [bt] (3) /home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet/
const&, std::vector<mxnet::NDArray, std::allocator<mxnet::NDArray> > const&,
std::vector<mxnet::NDArray, std::allocator<mxnet::NDArray> >*)+0xe73) [0x7fc188d3d023]
   [bt] (4) /home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet/
const&, nnvm::NodeAttrs const&, std::vector<mxnet::NDArray*, std::allocator<mxnet::NDArray*>
> const&, std::vector<mxnet::NDArray*, std::allocator<mxnet::NDArray*> >
const&)+0x228) [0x7fc188d1a038]
   [bt] (5) /home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet/
   [bt] (6) /home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mxnet/
   [bt] (7) /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ [0x7fc1b2ec4e40]
   [bt] (8) /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ [0x7fc1b2ec48ab]
   [bt] (9) /home/mfiore/.virtualenvs/gluoncv/lib/python2.7/lib-dynload/
   ## Minimum reproducible example
   (put use_threads=True for the threading issue)
   import time
   import mxnet as mx
   from mxnet import gluon
   from mxnet import autograd
   from gluoncv import model_zoo
   from import RecordFileDetection
   from import Tuple, Stack, Pad
   from import SSDDefaultTrainTransform
   ctx = [mx.gpu(0)]
   num_workers = 7
   batch_size = 32
   height = 512
   width= 512
   rec_path = 'train.rec'
   use_threads = False
   train_dataset = RecordFileDetection(rec_path, coord_normalized=True)
   net = model_zoo.get_model('ssd_512_mobilenet1.0_voc', pretrained_base=True)
   for param in net.collect_params().values():
           if param._data is not None:
   with autograd.train_mode():
       _, _, anchors = net(mx.nd.zeros((1, 3, height, width)))
   batchify_fn = Tuple(Stack(), Stack(), Stack())  # stack image, cls_targets, box_targets
   train_loader =
       train_dataset.transform(SSDDefaultTrainTransform(width, height, anchors)),
       batch_size, True, 
   start_batch_time = time.time()
   for i, batch in enumerate(train_loader):
       print("Load batch time is ",time.time()-start_batch_time)
       start_batch_time = time.time()
   ## What have you tried to solve it?
   With `thread_pool=False`:
   I've tried changing num workers. If I use num_workers=0 the slowdowns don't seem to happen
(it's always slow of course =) ). Even with two num workers I start encountering the issue,
which doesn't seem to change when I keep increasing them. I've compared the time to iterate
on 20 batches with batch_size 32 with the training script from the deprecated mxnet ssd repository,
and it's less than half as fast. After measuring the execution time in the code the issue
seems to be related to the pickle.loads time on line 443 of
   With `thread_pool=True`
   I've tried removing prefetching and the error disappear, but the speed is pretty slow (3
sec for batch). 
   Looking a bit in the dataloader code I've found the following things:
   1) there is no  result check on the async call, is this correct?
   2) If i stop before line 442 of`` I see that the self._data_buffer is filled
but many results are not successful. Trying to get them gives me one of the following errors:
   - Corrupt JPEG data: 384 extraneous bytes before marker 0xd9
   - *** ValueError: buffer is smaller than requested size
   3) The problem seem to be related to the "next" statement at line 426 of
If I put a sleep 
   there of 5 seconds the program doesn't crash

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