[ovs-discuss] ovs-vswitchd process huge memory consumption

Oleg Bondarev obondarev at mirantis.com
Tue Mar 5 17:11:26 UTC 2019


On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:00 PM Ben Pfaff <blp at ovn.org> wrote:

> OK.  That gives me something to investigate.  I'll see what I can find
> out.
>
> You're running 64-bit kernel and userspace, x86-64?
>

Yes.


>
> On Tue, Mar 05, 2019 at 08:42:14PM +0400, Oleg Bondarev wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 7:26 PM Ben Pfaff <blp at ovn.org> wrote:
> >
> > > You're talking about the email where you dumped out a repeating
> sequence
> > > from some blocks?  That might be the root of the problem, if you can
> > > provide some more context.  I didn't see from the message where you
> > > found the sequence (was it just at the beginning of each of the 4 MB
> > > blocks you reported separately, or somewhere else), how many copies of
> > > it, or if you were able to figure out how long each of the blocks was.
> > > If you can provide that information I might be able to learn some
> > > things.
> > >
> >
> > Yes, those were beginnings of 0x4000000 size blocks reported by the
> script.
> > I also checked 0x8000000 blocks reported and the content is the same.
> > Examples of how those blocks end:
> >  - https://pastebin.com/D9M6T2BA
> >  - https://pastebin.com/gNT7XEGn
> >  - https://pastebin.com/fqy4XDbN
> >
> > So basically contents of the blocks are sequences of:
> >
> > *00000020: 0000 0000 0000 0000 6500 0000 0000 0000  ........e.......*
> > *00000030: 0000 0000 0000 4014 0000 0000 0000 0000  ...... at .........*
> > *00000040: 0000 0000 0000 0000 fa16 3e2b c5d5 0000  ..........>+....*
> > *00000050: 0000 0022 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 4014  ...".......... at .*
> > *00000060: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 ffff ffff  ................*
> > *00000070: ffff ffff ffff 0000 0000 0fff 0000 0000  ................*
> >
> > following each other and sometimes separated by sequences like this:
> >
> > *00001040: 6861 6e64 6c65 7232 3537 0000 0000 0000  handler257......*
> >
> > I ran the scripts against several core dumps of several compute nodes
> with
> > the issue and
> > the picture is pretty much the same: 0x4000000 blocks and less 0x8000000
> > blocks.
> > I checked the core dump from a compute node where OVS memory consumption
> > was ok:
> > no such block sizes reported.
> >
> >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Mar 05, 2019 at 09:07:55AM +0400, Oleg Bondarev wrote:
> > > > Hi Ben,
> > > >
> > > > I didn't have a chance to debug the scripts yet, but just in case you
> > > > missed my last email with examples of repeatable blocks
> > > > and sequences - do you think we still need to analyze further, will
> the
> > > > scripts tell more about the heap?
> > > >
> > > > Thanks,
> > > > Oleg
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 10:14 PM Ben Pfaff <blp at ovn.org> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 01:41:45PM +0400, Oleg Bondarev wrote:
> > > > > > Hi,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > thanks for the scripts, so here's the output for a 24G core dump:
> > > > > > https://pastebin.com/hWa3R9Fx
> > > > > > there's 271 entries of 4MB - does it seem something we should
> take a
> > > > > closer
> > > > > > look at?
> > > > >
> > > > > I think that this output really just indicates that the script
> failed.
> > > > > It analyzed a lot of regions but didn't output anything useful.
> If it
> > > > > had worked properly, it would have told us a lot about data blocks
> that
> > > > > had been allocated and freed.
> > > > >
> > > > > The next step would have to be to debug the script.  It definitely
> > > > > worked for me before, because I have fixed at least 3 or 4 bugs
> based
> > > on
> > > > > it, but it also definitely is a quick hack and not something that
> I can
> > > > > stand behind.  I'm not sure how to debug it at a distance.  It has
> a
> > > > > large comment that describes what it's trying to do.  Maybe that
> would
> > > > > help you, if you want to try to debug it yourself.  I guess it's
> also
> > > > > possible that glibc has changed its malloc implementation; if so,
> then
> > > > > it would probably be necessary to start over and build a new
> script.
> > > > >
> > >
>
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