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  2. SPARK-8453

Unioning two RDDs in PySpark doesn't spill to disk

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    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Incomplete
    • Affects Version/s: 1.4.0
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: PySpark

      Description

      When unioning 2 RDDs together in PySpark, spill limits do not seem to be recognized. Our YARN containers are frequently killed for exceeding memory limits for this reason.

      I have been able to reproduce this in the following simple scenario:

      • spark.executor.instances: 1, spark.executor.memory: 512m, spark.executor.cores: 20, spark.python.worker.reuse: false, spark.shuffle.spill: true, spark.yarn.executor.memoryOverhead: 5000
        (I recognize this is not a good setup - I set things up this way to explore this problem and make the symptom easier to isolate)

      I have a 1-billion-row dataset, split up evenly into 1000 partitions. Each partition contains exactly 1 million rows. Each row contains approximately 250 characters, +/- 10.

      I executed the following in a PySpark shell:
      ```
      profiler = sc.textFile('/user/jasonwhite/profiler')
      profiler_2 = sc.textFile('/user/jasonwhite/profiler')
      profiler.count()
      profiler_2.count()
      ```
      Total container memory utilization was between 2500 & 2800 MB over the total execution, with no spill. No problem.

      Then I executed:
      ```
      z = profiler.union(profiler_2)
      z.count()
      ```
      Memory utilization spiked immediately to between 4700 & 4900 MB over the course of execution, also with no spill. Big problem. Since we are setting our container memory sizes based in part on the Python spill limit, when these spill limits are not properly recognized, our containers are unexpectedly killed.

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              Reporter:
              jason.white Jason White
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