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  1. Lustre
  2. LU-5179

Reading files from lustre results in stuck anonymous memory when JOBID is enabled


    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Critical
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: Lustre 2.5.0, Lustre 2.4.3
    • Fix Version/s: Lustre 2.6.0, Lustre 2.5.3
    • Labels:
    • Environment:
      Endeavour: 2.4.3, ldan: 2.4.1, Pleiades compute nodes: 2.1.5 or 2.4.1
      2.1.5, 2.4.1, 2.4.3
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    • Rank (Obsolete):


      We have been seeing our SLES11SP2 and SLES11SP3 clients have stuck anonymous memory that cannot be cleared up without a reboot. We have three test cases which can replicate the problem reliably. We have been able to replicate the problem on different clients on all of our lustre file systems. We have not been able to reproduce the problem when using NFS, ext3, CXFS, or tmpfs.

      We have been working with SGI on tracking down this problem. Unfortunately, they have been unable to reproduce the problem on their systems. On our systems, they have simplified the test case to mmaping a file along with an equally sized anonymous region, and reading the contents of the mmaped file into the anonymous mmaped region. This test case can be provided to see if you can reproduce this problem.

      To determine if the problem is occurring, reboot the system to ensure that memory is clean. Check /proc/meminfo for the amount of Active(anon) memory being used. Run the test case. During the test case, the amount of anonymous memory will increase. At the end of the test case, it would be expected for the amount to drop back to pre-test case levels.

      To confirm that the anonymous memory is stuck, we have been using memhog to attempt to allocate memory. If the node has 32Gb of memory, with 2Gb of anonymous memory used, we attempt to allocate 31Gb of memory. If memhog completes and you then have only 1Gb of anonymous memory, you have not reproduced the problem. If memhog is killed, you have.

      SGI would like to get information about how to get debug information to track down this problem.


        1. mmap.c
          2 kB
        2. mmap4.c
          2 kB
        3. T2.tgz
          0.2 kB
        4. test_ckpt.cpp
          1 kB



            • Assignee:
              green Oleg Drokin
              hyeung Herbert Yeung
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