[erlang-questions] VM leaking memory

Michael Truog mjtruog@REDACTED
Sat Feb 2 00:10:46 CET 2019

On 2/1/19 8:11 AM, Frank Muller wrote:
> I tried two solutions to reduce the memory usage of the problematic 
> process:
> 1. calling garbage:collect/0 after processing N packets (varying 
> N=10..128).
> Nothing changed at all and the bin_alloc memory stayed fragmented as 
> you can see:
> The call to instrument:carriers/0:
> The call to instrument:allocations/0:
> 2. Hibernating the process after processing N packets (varying N=10..128).
> The HIT rates went above 90% immediately.
> What is the effect of hibernating this process on the long term?
> This process is receiving about ~1200 packets/sec under normal load 
> and can reach ~3000 packets/sec under heavy load.
> Is there a better way of solving the problem by tweeting the bin 
> allocator SBC/MBC?
> /Frank
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If you move the creation of temporary binaries out of any Erlang 
processes you have that are long-lived, into short-lived Erlang 
processes, you would no longer have this problem.  The tuning 
discussions, allocator options, hibernate use, etc. is not solving the 
cause of the problem.  Source code should not need to call 
garbage:collect/0 and using temporary Erlang processes makes the garbage 
collection occur naturally, at a pace that shouldn't require special tuning.

Best Regards,
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