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From Lance Laursen <llaur...@rubiconproject.com>
Subject Re: Broker holding all files open
Date Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:36:15 GMT
Hey Scott,

There's not much you can do about this, other than increasing your
log.segment.bytes (max 2GB) or lowering your partition counts on your
mirrored cluster (probably not the best strategy unless you're dealing with
100,000+ small topics, at which point you should consider a single
aggregate topic + key based partitioning instead). Kafka will keep a file
handle open per log segment file and another per associated log segment
index file. Your best bet is to permanently increase allowed open file
descriptors, and run your log directory on XFS or other appropriate

Linux uses ~1KB of memory per open file descriptor. So, 100,000 handles =
~100MB. 100-200k open descriptors is not unusual for certain enterprisey
apps, and 10-30k seems to be the norm if each of your brokers has a decent
amount of disk space. A general recommendation exists to keep your file
descriptor memory usage to 10% or lower than your total system memory, but
this may be a bit arbitrary. The general thinking is that under normal use
cases, an application should run into other resource constraints before any
file descriptor constraint becomes an issue. If this is not true, you might
consider re-evaluating your current design such that your partition count
scales with your hardware resources & number of consumers rather than your
external software design. As mentioned above, aggregate topics using
key-based partitioning can help with this.


On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 7:47 AM, Scott Thibault <
scott.thibault@multiscalehn.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm running into the common issue of too many files open by the broker.
> While increasing the open file limit is a short-term work around, I need a
> long-term solution.  I have a Kafka mirror that is keeping log segments for
> long periods of time and the number of files is potentially unbounded.
> Is there some way to prevent the broker from holding an open descriptor for
> every file?
> --Scott Thibault
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