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Jason Lowe commented on YARN-2314:
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While there is cache mismanagement going on as described above, a bigger issue 
is how this cache interacts with the ClientCache in the RPC layer and how 
Connection instances behave.  Despite this cache's intent to try to limit the 
number of connected NMs, calling stopProxy does *not* mean the connection and 
corresponding IPC client thread is removed.  Closing a proxy will only shutdown 
threads if there are *no* other instances of that protocol proxy currently 
open.  See ClientCache.stopClient for details.  Given that the whole point of 
the ContainerManagementProtocolProxy cache is to preserve at least one 
reference to the Client, the IPC Client stop method will never be called in 
practice and IPC client threads will never be explicitly torn down as a result 
of calling stopProxy.

As for Connection instances within the IPC Client, outside of erroneous 
operation they will only shutdown if either they reach their idle timeout or 
are explicitly told to stop via Client.stop, and the latter will never be 
called in practice per above.  That means the number of IPC client threads 
lingering around is solely dictated by how fast we're connecting to new nodes 
and how long the IPC idle timeout is.  By default this timeout is 10 seconds, 
and an AM running a wide-spread large job on a large, idle cluster can easily 
allocate containers for and connect to all of the nodes in less than 10 
seconds.  That means we cam still have thousands of IPC client threads despite 
ContainerManagementProtocolProxy's efforts to limit the number of connections.

In simplest terms this is a regression of MAPREDUCE-3333.  That patch 
explicitly tuned the IPC timeout of ContainerManagement proxies to zero so they 
would be torn down as soon as we finished the first call.  I've verified that 
setting the IPC timeout to zero prevents the explosion of IPC client threads.  
That's sort of a ham-fisted fix since it brings the whole point of the NM proxy 
cache into question.  We would be keeping the proxy objects around, but the 
connection to the NM would need to be re-established each time we reused it.  
Not sure the cache would be worth much at that point.  If we want to explicitly 
manage the number of outstanding NM connections without forcing the connections 
to shutdown on each IPC call then I think we need help from the IPC layer 
itself.  As I mentioned above, I don't think there's an exposed mechanism to 
close an individual connection of an IPC Client.

So to sum up, we can fix the cache management bugs described in the first 
comment, but that alone will not prevent thousands of IPC client threads from 
co-existing.  We either need to set the IPC timeout to 0 (which brings the 
utility of the NM proxy cache into question) or change the IPC layer to allow 
us to close individual Client connections.

> ContainerManagementProtocolProxy can create thousands of threads for a large 
> cluster
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>
>                 Key: YARN-2314
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/YARN-2314
>             Project: Hadoop YARN
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: client
>    Affects Versions: 2.1.0-beta
>            Reporter: Jason Lowe
>            Priority: Critical
>
> ContainerManagementProtocolProxy has a cache of NM proxies, and the size of 
> this cache is configurable.  However the cache can grow far beyond the 
> configured size when running on a large cluster and blow AM address/container 
> limits.  More details in the first comment.



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