[erlang-questions] Why Beam.smp crashes when memory is over?

Angel Alvarez <>
Thu Nov 12 10:41:54 CET 2009


3 customers!!


/Angel

El Jueves, 12 de Noviembre de 2009 00:56:14 Michael McDaniel escribió:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 11:38:47AM +0100, Ulf Wiger wrote:
> > Richard O'Keefe wrote:
> >>
> >> On Nov 11, 2009, at 11:26 AM, Ulf Wiger wrote:
> >>
> >>> Richard O'Keefe wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> I am not denying the *need* for limits.  (Anyone else remember "engines"
> >>>> in Scheme?)  I've had enough functions in enough languages go into
> >>>> infinite recursion that I can see the point of stopping them.
> >>>> However, Ulf Wiger has not addressed these points:
> >>>> - if the tagging scheme is changed (and it has in the past),
> >>>>   memory requirements may change.
> >>> > ...
> >>>
> >>> Perhaps I'm colored by having worked on systems where every
> >>> product release was preceded with months of relatively
> >>> thorough testing, where monitoring memory usage during
> >>> important operating conditions was routine.
> >>
> >> Let's see if we can reach consensus here.
> >
> > I think we do agree. Hopefully the volley will clarify things
> > to the rest of the crowd - let's go another round and see if
> > people will start groaning. :)
> >
> >> What I'm saying is that you have to *KEEP* doing it,
> >> as indeed you did ("every product release"), and that
> >> you have to keep doing it even if YOUR code didn't
> >> change at all.
> >
> > Indeed. For high-availability products, this ought to
> > be a given. But as Erlang is also used in many other settings,
> > I would like to add an observation - perhaps obvious to all:
> >
> > Erlang has some limits /today/ that programmers have to live
> > with. In many cases, the limits are high enough that they
> > are no cause for concern. Some of the better-known limits are:
> >
> > - the number of simultaneous processes in the system
> >   (default: 32768, but can be raised up to 268435456)
> > - the number of ETS tables (default: 1400, can be raised considerably)
> > - the number of open ports and file descriptors (basically
> >   an OS limit)
> >
> > Other system limits can be found in
> > http://www.erlang.org/doc/efficiency_guide/part_frame.html
> > and most are implementation details and subject to change.
> >
> > What happens if you run into a system limit, e.g. if you
> > try creating too many ets tables, is that the operation
> > fails with an exception. Out of memory is a rather special
> > case, in that it brings down the entire VM.
> >
> > Adding a few more limits that affect individual processes
> > rather than suffering the node-global disaster of OOM,
> > is thus nothing new, and in that sense shouldn't be
> > terribly controversial in itself. The reasonable /default/ is
> > of course that processes behave as today, i.e. the heap
> > and message queue length limits et al would be /optional/.
> >
> > Having said this, it is certainly important to discuss which
> > such limits would actually be useful in practice.
> >
> >> How you do that thorough testing is something that needs
> >> to be written up clearly in some new Erlang book, which
> >> I wish you would write.  I would certainly buy it.
> >
> > Ok, at least one potential customer. I'll think about it. :)
> ________________________________________________________________
> 
> 
>    yes, please ... two customers
> 
> ~Michael
> 
> 
> >
> > BR,
> > Ulf W
> > -- 
> > Ulf Wiger
> > CTO, Erlang Training & Consulting Ltd
> > http://www.erlang-consulting.com
> >
> 
> 



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