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From Anthony Thomas <>
Subject Crash in Unit Tests
Date Fri, 29 Sep 2017 20:05:00 GMT
Hi Spark Users,

I recently compiled spark 2.2.0 from source on an EC2 m4.2xlarge instance
(8 cores, 32G RAM) running Ubuntu 14.04. I'm using Oracle Java 1.8. I
compiled using the command:

export MAVEN_OPTS="-Xmx2g -XX:ReservedCodeCacheSize=512m"
./build/mvn -DskipTests -Pnetlib-lgpl clean package

Spark compiles fine, but when running tests (./build/mvn test), at least
one test in "StandaloneDynamicAllocationSuite" of "Spark Project Core"
consistently cause the JVM to crash with errors like:

 Exception in thread "ExecutorRunner for app-20170929185545-0000/0"
java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: unable to create new native thread

According to "cat /proc/sys/kernel/threads-max" the system can support up
to 120,000 threads which seems like it should be more than enough. The
limits set in ulimit also seem reasonable. Looking at "top," the JVM
doesn't seem to be using anywhere close to 32GB of RAM.

Has anyone else encountered similar issues or have any suggestions about
where to go in diagnosing the cause of this problem? Alternatively, is this
a problem I can safely ignore? Running some short code segments on Spark
seems to work just fine, but I'm wondering if this will become a problem at
heavy loads. Please let me know if there's any other info that would be

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