[erlang-questions] Unexpected limitations

Bengt Kleberg <>
Wed Mar 27 07:21:56 CET 2013


Greetings,

Is your Erlang/OTP 32 or 64 bit?


bengt

On Tue, 2013-03-26 at 22:19 -0700, Stu Bailey wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> 
> I have an 8 core MacBook Pro Retina Display with 16GB of memory.   I
> am running R16B with no configure options...but I did install
> libatomic_ops-7.2 .     I tried a very simple list allocation test
> which surprisingly failed with a list size of 100 million.    I first
> made a list with 10 million integers.   The beam hung on 100 million.
> Thinking it was something with lists:seq, I just wrote a dumb test to
> build big lists of single character atoms.  That also failed at 100
> million.   Is there a known limitation to the size of lists in Erlang?
> 
> 
> bash-3.2$ uname -a
> Darwin myhost.local 12.3.0 Darwin Kernel Version 12.3.0: Sun Jan  6
> 22:37:10 PST 2013; root:xnu-2050.22.13~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64
> 
> 
> bash-3.2$ erl
> Erlang R16B (erts-5.10.1) [source] [smp:8:8] [async-threads:10] [hipe]
> [kernel-poll:false]
> 
> 
> My Erlang Environment
> Eshell V5.10.1  (abort with ^G)
> 1> lists:seq(1,10000000).
> [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,
>  23,24,25,26,27,28,29|...]
> 2> lists:seq(1,100000000).   
> beam.smp(85491,0xb039d000) malloc: *** mmap(size=458227712) failed
> (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>         beam.smp(85491,0xb039d000) malloc: *** mmap(size=659554304)
> failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>                 beam.smp(85491,0xb039d000) malloc: ***
> mmap(size=791674880) failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>                         beam.smp(85491,0xb039d000) malloc: ***
> mmap(size=791674880) failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>                                 beam.smp(85491,0xb039d000) malloc: ***
> mmap(size=791674880) failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>                                         beam.smp(85491,0xb039d000)
> malloc: *** mmap(size=790962176) failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
> 
> beam.smp(85491,0xb039d000) malloc: *** mmap(size=790962176) failed
> (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
>      *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>                                                         Killed: 9
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ================
> 
> 
> -module(big_lists).
> 
> 
> -compile([export_all]).
> 
> 
> 
> 
> make_list(0,Acc)->
>     Acc;
> make_list(Size,Acc) ->
>     make_list(Size-1, [a] ++ Acc).
> 
> 
> ===================
> 
> 
> 5> c(big_lists).           
> {ok,big_lists}
> 6> big_lists:make_list(2,[]).
> [a,a]
> 7> big_lists:make_list(100000,[]).
> [a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a|...]
> 8> big_lists:make_list(1000000,[]).
> [a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a|...]
> 9> big_lists:make_list(10000000,[]).
> [a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a|...]
> 10> big_lists:make_list(100000000,[]).
> beam.smp(85534,0xb039d000) malloc: *** mmap(size=381681664) failed
> (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>         beam.smp(85534,0xb039d000) malloc: *** mmap(size=659554304)
> failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>                 beam.smp(85534,0xb039d000) malloc: ***
> mmap(size=791674880) failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
> 
> [a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a,a|...]
> beam.smp(85534,0xb039d000) malloc: *** mmap(size=950009856) failed
> (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>         beam.smp(85534,0xb039d000) malloc: *** mmap(size=950009856)
> failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>                 beam.smp(85534,0xb039d000) malloc: ***
> mmap(size=949153792) failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
>                         beam.smp(85534,0xb039d000) malloc: ***
> mmap(size=949153792) failed (error code=12)
> 
> *** error: can't allocate region
> 
> *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug
> 
> 
> Crash dump was written to: erl_crash.dump
> eheap_alloc: Cannot allocate 949152844 bytes of memory (of type
> "heap").
> Abort trap: 6
> 
> 
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