Simple 3 node test cluster eating all my memory

Juan Luis Francés jl.frances.j at
Thu Feb 12 05:07:40 EST 2015

Hi Simon.

Maybe sadly you have been hit by this bug:

Sadly, because I think that there aren’t a soon resolution about this issue.

Juan Luis Francés

> El 12/2/2015, a las 10:51, Simon Hartley <Simon.Hartley at> escribió:
> Hi,
> We have a simple 3 node test cluster, and we are seeing this cluster fall-over under quite modest loads, 2-3 times a day with the node reporting out of memory problems.
> Our basic details are:
> ·         Riak 1.4.9
> ·         3 nodes, each being:
> o   A virtual RedHat EL
> o   2 x 2.2GHz CPU
> o   4GB RAM
> ·         In-memory back end
> ·         128 segment ring
> We have tried to limit the in-memory max memory by the following setting in app.config:
> %% Memory Config
> {memory_backend, [
>              {max_memory, 32}, %% 32 megabytes
>              {ttl, 86400}  %% 1 Day in seconds
>            ]},
> The behaviour we are seeing is a sudden and rapid increase in memory allocated to riak, up to 100% available RAM, and then a crash.
> This is happening on all 3 nodes (at different times).
> When looking through the console.log just prior to the out of memory / crash we see log entries similar to the following appearing:
> 2015-02-11 16:50:27.356 [info] <0.98.0>@riak_core_sysmon_handler:handle_event:92 monitor large_heap <0.238.0> [{name,riak_core_gossip},{initial_call,{riak_core_gossip,init,1}},{almost_current_function,{riak_core_gossip,update_gossip_vers
> ion,1}},{message_queue_len,78}] [{old_heap_block_size,0},{heap_block_size,47828850},{mbuf_size,0},{stack_size,15},{old_heap_size,0},{heap_size,13944475}]
> We can’t see any errors at the appropriate times in the error.log
> We see the following in erlang.log.1:
> ===== ALIVE Wed Feb 11 17:00:24 GMT 2015
> /usr/lib64/riak/lib/os_mon-2.2.9/priv/bin/memsup: Erlang has closed.
> Erlang has closed
> Crash dump was written to: /var/log/riak/erl_crash.dump
> eheap_alloc: Cannot allocate 4454408120 bytes of memory
> =====
> Anyone any ideas?
> Simon Hartley
> Solutions Architect
> Email: Simon.Hartley at
> Skype: +44 (0)113 397 6747
> Skype: sijomons
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