hive server 2 crashing with OutOfMemoryError (OOM) ?

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Often times HiveServer2 can be single point of failure. It can easy crash with OOM. If HiveServer2 restarts now-and-then , it must be due to OOM where it is likely set to be killed and re-spawned. We need to check the JVM options to see the behavior of this process on OOM , analyze thread dumps and check the underlying issue to mitigate such issues.

This post explains – How to identify OOM issue on HiveServer2 – How to analyze Thread/Heap dumps – How to Mitigate this issue. Some of the discussion is generic to EMR.

PART 1 : How to identify OOM issue on HiveServer2

Default JVM options of HS2 on EMR 4.7.2 AMI :

Some observations from above JVM:

1. Heap space for HiveServer2 JVM is 1000MB and this option is sourced from hive-env.sh.
2. Hive logging options like(-Dhive.log.dir=/var/log/hive -Dhive.log.file=hive-server2.log -Dhive.log.threshold=INFO -server) are sourced from /etc/init/hive-server2.conf
3. All other options starting from ‘-server’ are set by EMR.
4. If this JVM goes OutOfMemoryError , -XX:OnOutOfMemoryError=kill -9 %p option will kill HS2 on OOM.

If for some reason the HiveServer2 goes OOM , it simply gets killed and there is no way to find why.. hive-server2.log and hive-server2.out may not show OOM at all. you can check hive-server2.log to verify HiveServer2 getting restarted . So, we tweak JVM options for HS2 to include GC verbose and to Dump Heap On OutOfMemoryError.

With the following settings , if the HS2 process does go OOM , it would display the error like following on /var/log/hive/hive-server2.out. This message means that for some reason the garbage collector of this HS2 JVM is taking an excessive amount of time and recovers very little memory in each run.

An example script to enable GC verbose on HS2 JVM – can be like following on EMR 4.x.x and 5.x.x:



PART 2 : How to analyze Thread/Heap dumps

With above options if HS2 fails with OOM , it will log such error to /var/log/hive/hive-server2.out. It will also heap dump to a file like /var/log/hive/java_pid8548.hprof . There are multiple ways to open and analyze this file. I found “eclipse memory analyzer tool” helpful in identifying memory leaks and exploring thread dumps on java classes and sub-classes.

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PART 3 : How to Mitigate this issue

1. Tweaking hive-site.xml by checking stack trace:

Best way to mitigate the OOM’s is to check the stack trace of the Hive-server2 process and see if there’s any leaks. It is also a good idea to check for top consumers and act accordingly. For each of those threads , see if any of the hive-site.xml settings would reduce its memory consumption. Some times you may not have control on any of the thread specifics , in which case , you may need to further increase the heap space.

For example : In the stack trace ,

– if you see multiple threads getting blocked etc, you can edit a setting like hive.server2.thrift.http.max.worker.threads

2. Mitigating OOM obviously involves increasing the Heap space for Hive-server2.

The heap space is defined in hive-env.sh using env variable . Its important to identify memory requirements of 3 hive services HiveServer2 , Hive metastore , Hive clients in advance , using load/concurrency tests before moving to PROD. If you observe any OOM’s , you may need to increase memory accordingly.

Identifying hive services and increasing memory :

if ‘export HADOOP_HEAPSIZE=2048’ string is present on hive-env.sh , it would be applied to all of the 3 hive services if restarted. So, you can use if-statements to provide different settings(HADOOP_HEAPSIZE and HADOOP_OPTS) for 3 of these hive services.

Example contents of hive-env.sh :

3. High availability and LoadBalancing of Hiveserver2 :

Increasing heap space for HS2 may help , However , As per Cloudera , after certain memory limit, there is possibility that you continue to hit OOM no mater how much you increase the memory for HS2. In that case, “Cloudera recommends splitting HiveServer2 into multiple instances and load balancing once you start allocating >12 GB to HiveServer2. The objective is to size to reduce impact of Java garbage collection on active processing by the service.”

You may checkout the limitations here : https://www.cloudera.com/documentation/enterprise/5-5-x/topics/cdh_ig_hive_install.html#concept_alp_4kl_3q

4. Watch out for any bugs in the LockManager :

https://hive.apache.org/javadocs/r2.0.0/api/org/apache/hadoop/hive/ql/lockmgr/

If you are using Hive’s Table Lock Manager Service by setting hive.support.concurrency to true , check if there’s issues with the Lockmanager which is responsible for maintaining locks for concurrent user support. Lockmanager can be ZooKeeperHiveLockManager based or can be EmbeddedLockManager which is shared lock manager for dedicated hive server , where – all locks are managed in memory. if the issue seems to be with these lock managers , you may need to edit their configs.

5. Check for generic version issues :

On Apache JIRA issues for hive-server2.

6. GC Tuning :

If the HS2 JVM is spending too much time on GC , you might consider some GC Tuning as discussed here : http://www.cubrid.org/blog/dev-platform/how-to-tune-java-garbage-collection/



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