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Re: OutOfMemoryError: GC overhead limit exceeded
Did u try playing with mapred.child.ulimit along with java.opts ?

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On Jun 18, 2011, at 9:55 AM, Ken Williams <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

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> I'm having a problem running a job on Hadoop. Using Mahout, I've been able to run several Bayesian classifiers and train and test them successfully on increasingly large datasets. Now I'm working on a dataset of 100,000 documents (size 100MB). I've trained the classifier on 80,000 docs and am using the remaining 20,000 as the test set. I've been able to train the classifier but when I try to 'testclassifier' all the map tasks are failing with a 'Caused by: java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: GC overhead limit exceeded' exception, before the job itself is 'Killed'. I have a small cluster of 3 machines but have plenty of memory and CPU power (3 x 16GB, 2.5GHz quad-core machines).
> I've tried setting 'mapred.child.java.opts' flags up to 3GB in size (-Xms3G -Xmx3G) but still get the same error. I've also tried setting HADOOP_HEAPSIZE at values like 2000, 2500 and 3000 but this made no difference. When the program is running I can use 'top' to see that although the CPUs are busy, memory usage rarely goes above 12GB and absolutely no swapping is taking place. (see Program console output: http://pastebin.com/0m2Uduxa, Job config file: http://pastebin.com/4GEFSnUM).
> I found a similar problem with a 'GC overhead limit exceeded' where the program was spending so much time garbage-collecting (more then 90% of its time!) that it was unable to progress and so threw the 'GC overhead limit exceeded' exception.  If I set (-XX:-UseGCOverheadLimit) in the 'mapred.child.java.opts' property to avoid this exception then I see the same behaviour as before only a slightly different exception is thrown,   Caused by: java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space     at java.nio.HeapCharBuffer.<init>(HeapCharBuffer.java:39)
> So I'm guessing that maybe my program is spending too much time garbage-collecting for it to progress ? But how do I fix this ? There's no further info in the log-files other than seeing the exceptions being thrown. I tried to reduce the 'dfs.block.size' parameter to reduce the amount of data going into each 'map' process (and therefore reduce it's memory requirements) but this made no difference. I tried various settings for JVM reuse (mapred.job.reuse.jvm.num.tasks)using values for no re-use (0), limited re-use (10), and unlimited re-use (-1) but no difference. I think the problem is in the job configuration parameters but how do I find it ? I'm using Hadoop 0.20.2 and the latest Mahout snapshot version. All machines are running 64-bit Ubuntu and Java 6.Any help would be very much appreciated,
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NEW: Monitor These Apps!
elasticsearch, apache solr, apache hbase, hadoop, redis, casssandra, amazon cloudwatch, mysql, memcached, apache kafka, apache zookeeper, apache storm, ubuntu, centOS, red hat, debian, puppet labs, java, senseiDB