Right now the spark shuffle service has a cache for index files. It is based on a # of files cached (spark.shuffle.service.index.cache.entries). This can cause issues if people have a lot of reducers because the size of each entry can fluctuate based on the # of reducers.
We saw an issues with a job that had 170000 reducers and it caused NM with spark shuffle service to use 700-800MB or memory in NM by itself.
We should change this cache to be memory based and only allow a certain memory size used. When I say memory based I mean the cache should have a limit of say 100MB.