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From JoshRosen <>
Subject [GitHub] spark pull request: [SPARK-3885] Provide mechanism to remove accum...
Date Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:27:30 GMT
Github user JoshRosen commented on a diff in the pull request:
    --- Diff: core/src/test/scala/org/apache/spark/AccumulatorSuite.scala ---
    @@ -135,5 +137,22 @@ class AccumulatorSuite extends FunSuite with Matchers with LocalSparkContext
    +  test ("garbage collection") {
    +    // Create an accumulator and let it go out of scope to test that it's properly garbage
    +    sc = new SparkContext("local", "test")
    +    var acc: Accumulable[mutable.Set[Any], Any] = sc.accumulable(new mutable.HashSet[Any]())
    +    val accId =
    +    val ref = WeakReference(acc)
    +    // Ensure the accumulator is present
    +    assert(ref.get.isDefined)
    +    // Remove the explicit reference to it and allow weak reference to get garbage collected
    +    acc = null
    +    System.gc()
    +    assert(ref.get.isEmpty)
    +    assert(Accumulators.originals.get(accId).isDefined)
    --- End diff --
    I guess this indicates that we don't garbage-collect the map entry that points to the
weak accumulator reference.  This memory leak isn't quite as huge of a concern as leaking
the accumulator itself, since we expect the map entry to be a small, fixed-size record (a
couple hundred bytes, max, probably).
    If we do decide to clean this up, though, we can probably do it by adding a synchronized
method to the Accumulators object that removes an accumulator, then register a cleanup task
with ContextCleaner when creating an accumulator.

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