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Re: Memory leaks from greenthreads


So there is the question here of thread safe (which I don't think python is going toward?) and then making it multiprocess safe (http://docs.python.org/library/multiprocessing.html).

I'm not sure if one is easier than the other (but the multiprocess model forces queues, object exchange via queues as a passing model, which might be good/great from a forced design pattern point of view). Hacks like sleep(0) seem pretty "hacky" to me.

But this might be a good long-term thing to talk about (its a big change).

On 3/1/12 2:51 AM, "Day, Phil" <philip.day@xxxxxx> wrote:

> Has there been any thinking around only using eventlet/greenlet for webserver endpoints and using something like multiprocessing for everything else?

I was already beginning to think that this would be a good blueprint/discussion topic for the design summit ;-)

We've seen a number of issues with the eventlet approach in the computer & network manager where a long running activity (such as updating all security groups, creating and uploading a snapshot) will block any other activities.   Whilst it's possible to work round the first of these types of issues by planting sleep(0) statements in the loop, snapshot upload is still a problem.

Of course making everything thread safe isn't going to be trivial, although there is lock code in place for things like iptables I suspect that there are a whole bunch of other timing / concurrency issues that we'll find once we move to a full threaded model.


From: openstack-bounces+philip.day=hp.com@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:openstack-bounces+philip.day=hp.com@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Joshua Harlow
Sent: 29 February 2012 21:26
To: Vishvananda Ishaya; openstack
Subject: Re: [Openstack] Memory leaks from greenthreads


Just a thought I was having, that others might want to chime in on.

Has there been any thinking around only using eventlet/greenlet for webserver endpoints and using something like multiprocessing for everything else?

I know its a fundamental change, but it would force people to think about how to break up there code into something that would work with a message passing architecture (this is already happening with nova + rabbitmq). Nova is a good example, but my thought was to go even further and have anything that needs to run for a long time (ie a equivalent of a nova manager) that is shared inside a application also be a separate "process" with a queue for message passing. Then maybe eventlet/greenlet isn't needed at all? This would force good interfaces, and we wouldn't have to worry about missing a monkey patch. Maybe the python people plan for multiprocess to replace eventlet/greenlet in the end anyway???


On 2/29/12 12:48 PM, "Vishvananda Ishaya" <vishvananda@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hello Everyone,

We have had a memory leak due to an interaction with eventlet for a while that Johannes has just made a fix for.



Unfortuantely, I don' t think we have a decent workaround for nova while that patch is upstreamed.  I wanted to make sure that all of the distros are aware of it in case they want to carry an eventlet patch to prevent the slow memory leak.