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  • 1. Perl Memory Use Tim Bunce @ OSCON July 2012 1
  • 2. Scope of the talk...✦ Not really "profiling"✦ No leak detection✦ No VM, page mapping, MMU, TLB, threads etc✦ Linux focus✦ Almost no copy-on-write✦ No cats 2
  • 3. Goals✦ Give you a top-to-bottom overview✦ Identify the key issues and complications✦ Show you useful tools along the way✦ Future plans 3
  • 4. Ouch!$ perl some_script.plOut of memory!$$ perl some_script.plKilled.$$ perl some_script.pl$Someone shouts: "Hey! My process has been killed!"$ perl some_script.pl[later] "Umm, whats taking so long?" 4
  • 5. Process Memory 5
  • 6. C Program Code int main(...) { ... } Read-only Data eg “String constants” Read-write Data un/initialized variables Heap (not to scale!) Shared Lib Code Shared Lib R/O Data repeated for each libShared Lib R/W Data // C Stack (not the perl stack) System 6
  • 7. $ perl -e system("cat /proc/$$/stat")4752 (perl) S 4686 4752 4686 34816 4752 4202496 536 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 1 0 62673440 123121664440 18446744073709551615 4194304 4198212 140735314078128 140735314077056 140645336670206 0 0134 0 18446744071579305831 0 0 17 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4752 111 111 111$ perl -e system("cat /proc/$$/statm")30059 441 346 1 0 160 0$ perl -e system("ps -p $$ -o vsz,rsz,sz,size") VSZ RSZ SZ SZ120236 1764 30059 640$ perl -e system("top -b -n1 -p $$")... PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND13063 tim 20 0 117m 1764 1384 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.00 perl$ perl -e system("cat /proc/$$/status")...VmPeak:! 120236 kBVmSize:! 120236 kB <- total (code, libs, stack, heap etc.)VmHWM:! 1760 kBVmRSS:! 1760 kB <- how much of the total is resident in physical memoryVmData:! 548 kB <- data (heap)VmStk:! 92 kB <- stackVmExe:! 4 kB <- codeVmLib:! 4220 kB <- libs, including libperl.soVmPTE:! 84 kBVmPTD:! 28 kBVmSwap:! 0 kB... Further info on unix.stackexchange.com 7
  • 8. $ perl -e system("cat /proc/$$/maps")address perms ... pathname00400000-00401000 r-xp ... /.../perl-5.NN.N/bin/perl00601000-00602000 rw-p ... /.../perl-5.NN.N/bin/perl0087f000-008c1000 rw-p ... [heap]7f858cba1000-7f8592a32000 r--p ... /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive-rpm7f8592c94000-7f8592e1a000 r-xp ... /lib64/libc-2.12.so7f8592e1a000-7f859301a000 ---p ... /lib64/libc-2.12.so7f859301a000-7f859301e000 r--p ... /lib64/libc-2.12.so7f859301e000-7f859301f000 rw-p ... /lib64/libc-2.12.so7f859301f000-7f8593024000 rw-p ......other libs...7f8593d1b000-7f8593e7c000 r-xp ... /.../lib/5.NN.N/x86_64-linux/CORE/libperl.so7f8593e7c000-7f859407c000 ---p ... /.../lib/5.NN.N/x86_64-linux/CORE/libperl.so7f859407c000-7f8594085000 rw-p ... /.../lib/5.NN.N/x86_64-linux/CORE/libperl.so7f85942a6000-7f85942a7000 rw-p ...7fff61284000-7fff6129a000 rw-p ... [stack]7fff613fe000-7fff61400000 r-xp ... [vdso]ffffffffff600000-ffffffffff601000 r-xp ... [vsyscall] 8
  • 9. $ perl -e system("cat /proc/$$/smaps") # note ‘smaps’ not ‘maps’address perms ... pathname...7fb00fbc1000-7fb00fd22000 r-xp ... /.../5.10.1/x86_64-linux/CORE/libperl.soSize: 1412 kB <- size of executable code in libperl.soRss: 720 kB <- amount thats in physical memoryPss: 364 kBShared_Clean: 712 kBShared_Dirty: 0 kBPrivate_Clean: 8 kBPrivate_Dirty: 0 kBReferenced: 720 kBAnonymous: 0 kBAnonHugePages: 0 kBSwap: 0 kBKernelPageSize: 4 kBMMUPageSize: 4 kB... repeated detail for every mapped item ...Process view: everything exists in sequential contiguous physical memory. Simple.System view: chunks of physical memory are mapped into place and loaded ondemand, then taken away again when the process isnt looking. 9
  • 10. C Program Code To the program everything appears to be in physical memory. Read-only Data In reality that’s rarely the case. Read-write Data Memory is divided into pages Heap Page size is typically 4KB ← Page ‘resident’ in physical memory ← Page not resident Pages: • are loaded when first used • may be ‘paged out’ when the system Shared Lib Code needs the physical memoryShared Lib R/O Data • may be shared with other processes • may be copy-on-write, where areShared Lib R/W Data shared page becomes private when first written to C Stack System 10
  • 11. Key Points✦ Pages of a process can be paged out if the system wants the physical memory. So Resident Set Size (RSS) can shrink even while the overall process size grows.✦ Re private/shared/copy-on-write: If a page is currently paged out its attributes are paged out as well. In this case a page is neither reported as private nor as shared. It is only included in the process size.✦ So be careful to understand what you’re actually measuring!✦ Generally total memory size is a good indicator. 11
  • 12. Low-Level Modules✦ BSD::Resource - getrusage() system call (limited on Linux)✦ BSD::Process - Only works on BSD, not Linux✦ Proc::ProcessTable - Interesting but buggy✦ Linux::Smaps - very detailed, but only works on Linux✦ GTop - Perl interface to libgtop, better but external dependency 12
  • 13. Higher-Level Modules✦ Memory::Usage ✦ Reads /proc/$pid/statm. Reports changes on demand.✦ Dash::Leak ✦ Uses BSD::Process. Reports changes on demand.✦ Devel::MemoryTrace::Light ✦ Uses GTop or BSD::Process. Automatically prints a message when memory use grows, pointing to a particular line number. ✦ Defaults to tracking Resident Set Size! 13
  • 14. Other Modules✦ Devel::Plumber - memory leak finder for C programs ✦ Uses GDB to walk internal glibc heap structures. Can work on either a live process or a core file. Treats the C heap of the program under test as a collection of non-overlapping blocks, and classifies them into one of four states.✦ Devel::Memalyzer - Base framework for analyzing program memory usage ✦ Runs and monitors a subprocess via plugins that read /proc smaps and status at regular intervals.✦ Memchmark - Check memory consumption ✦ Memchmark forks a new process to run the sub and then monitors its memory usage every 100ms (approx.) recording the maximum amount used. 14
  • 15. A Peakat The Heap 15
  • 16. Heap ← Your data goes here Perl uses malloc() and free() to manage the space malloc has its own issues (overheads, bucket sizes, fragmentation etc. etc.) Perl uses its own malloc code on some systems On top of malloc perl has it’s own layer of memory management (e.g. arenas) for some data types 16
  • 17. Perl Data Memory 17
  • 18. Data Anatomy ExamplesInteger (IV)String (PV)Numberwith astring Head Body Data Illustrations from illguts 18
  • 19. Array(IV)Hash(HV) 19
  • 20. Glob (GV) Symbol Table (Stash)Sub Pad List lots of tiny chunks! 20
  • 21. Notes✦ All Heads and Bodies are allocated from arenas managed by perl ✦ efficient, low overhead and no fragmentation ✦ but arena space for a given data type is never freed or repurposed✦ All variable length data storage comes from malloc ✦ higher overheads, bucket and fragmentation issues✦ Summing the “apparent size” of a data structure will underestimate the actual “space cost”. 21
  • 22. Arenas$ perl -MDevel::Gladiator=arena_table -e warn arena_table()ARENA COUNTS: 1063 SCALAR 199 GLOB 120 ARRAY 95 CODE 66 HASH 8 REGEXP 5 REF 4 IO::File 3 REF-ARRAY 2 FORMAT 1 version 1 REF-HASH 1 REF-versionarena_table()formats the hash return by arena_ref_counts() whichsummarizes the list of all SVs returned by walk_arenas(). 22
  • 23. Devel::Peek• Gives you a textual view of the data structures $ perl -MDevel::Peek -e %a = (42 => "Hello World!"); Dump(%a) SV = IV(0x1332fd0) at 0x1332fe0 REFCNT = 1 FLAGS = (TEMP,ROK) RV = 0x1346730 SV = PVHV(0x1339090) at 0x1346730 REFCNT = 2 FLAGS = (SHAREKEYS) ARRAY = 0x1378750 (0:7, 1:1) hash quality = 100.0% KEYS = 1 FILL = 1 MAX = 7 RITER = -1 EITER = 0x0 Elt "42" HASH = 0x73caace8 SV = PV(0x1331090) at 0x1332de8 REFCNT = 1 FLAGS = (POK,pPOK) PV = 0x133f960 "Hello World!"0 CUR = 12 <= length in use LEN = 16 <= amount allocated 23
  • 24. Devel::Size• Gives you a measure of the size of a data structures $ perl -MDevel::Size=total_size -Minteger -le print total_size( 0 ) 24 $ perl -MDevel::Size=total_size -Minteger -le print total_size( [] ) 64 $ perl -MDevel::Size=total_size -Minteger -le print total_size( {} ) 120 $ perl -MDevel::Size=total_size -le print total_size( [ 1..100 ] ) 3264• Makes somewhat arbitrary decisions about what to include for non-data types• Doesnt or cant accurately measure subs, forms, regexes, and IOs.• Cant measure everything (total_size(%main::) is the best we can do)• But its generally accurate for typical use and is very fast. 24
  • 25. Space in Hiding✦ Perl tends to use memory to save time✦ This can lead to surprises, for example: ✦ sub foo { my $var = "#" x 2**20; } foo(); # ~1MB still used after return ✦ sub bar{ my $var = "#" x 2**20; bar($_[0]-1) if $_[0]; # recurse } bar(50); # ~50MB still used after return 25
  • 26. Devel::Size 0.77 perl -MDevel::Size=total_size -we sub foo { my $var = "#" x 2**20; foo($_[0]-1) if $_[0]; 1 } system("grep VmData /proc/$$/status"); printf "%d kBn", total_size(&foo)/1024; foo(50); system("grep VmData /proc/$$/status"); printf "%d kBn", total_size(&foo)/1024; VmData:! 796 kB 7 kB VmData:! 105652 kB 8 kB• VmData grew by ~100MB but we expected ~50MB. Not sure why.• Devel::Size 0.77 doesnt measure whats in sub pads (lexicals). 26
  • 27. Devel::Size 0.77 + hacks perl -MDevel::Size=total_size -we sub foo { my $var = "#" x 2**20; foo($_[0]-1) if $_[0];1 } system("grep VmData /proc/$$/status"); printf "%d kBn", total_size(&foo)/1024; foo(50); system("grep VmData /proc/$$/status"); printf "%d kBn", total_size(&foo)/1024; VmData:! 796 kB 293 kB VmData:! 105656 kB 104759 kB• Now does include the pad variables.• But note the 293 kB initial value - its measuring too much. Work in progress. 27
  • 28. Devel::Size 0.77 + hacks$ report=printf "total_size %6d kBn", total_size(%main::)/1024;system("grep VmData /proc/$$/status")$ perl -MDevel::Size=total_size -we “$report”total_size 290 kBVmData: 800 kB$ perl -MMoose -MDevel::Size=total_size -we “$report”total_size 9474 kB! [ 9474-290 = + 9184 kB ]VmData: 11824 kB! [ 11824-800 = +11024 kB ]What accounts for the 1840 kB difference in the increases? -Arenas and other perl-internals arent included -Limitations of Devel::Size measuring subs and regexs -Malloc heap buckets and fragmentation 28
  • 29. Malloc andThe Heap 29
  • 30. “Malloc and The Heap” 30
  • 31. malloc manages memory allocationHeap perl data Requests big chunks of memory from the operating system as needed. Almost never returns it! Perl makes lots of alloc and free requests. Freed fragments of various sizes accumulate. 31
  • 32. $ man malloc✦ "When allocating blocks of memory larger than MMAP_THRESHOLD bytes, the glibc malloc() implementation allocates the memory as a private anonymous mapping using mmap(2). MMAP_THRESHOLD is 128 kB by default, but is adjustable using mallopt(3)."✦ Thats for RHEL/CentOS 6. Your mileage may vary.✦ Space vs speed trade-off: mmap() and munmap() probably slower.✦ Other malloc implementations can be used via LD_PRELOAD env var. ✦ e.g. export LD_PRELOAD="/usr/lib/libtcmalloc.so" 32
  • 33. PERL_DEBUG_MSTATS** Requires a perl configured to use its own malloc (-Dusemymalloc)$ PERL_DEBUG_MSTATS=1 perl -MMoose -MDevel::Size=total_size -we "$report"total_size 9474 kB! [ 9474-290 = + 9184 kB ]VmData: 11824 kB! [ 11824-800 = +11024 kB ]Memory allocation statistics after execution: (buckets 8(8)..69624(65536) 429248 free: 225 125 69 25 18 1 3 6 0 6 1 23 0 0! 0 9 26 10 6302120 used: 795 14226 2955 3230 2190 1759 425 112 30 862 11 2 1 2! 0 1606 8920 4865Total sbrk(): 6803456/1487:-13. Odd ends: pad+heads+chain+tail: 2048+70040+0+0• Theres 419 kB ("429248 free") is sitting in unused malloc buckets. • See perldebguts and Devel::Peek docs for details. Also Devel::Mallinfo.• Note Devel::Size total_size() says 9474 kB but malloc says only 6154 kb allocated! 33
  • 34. Key Notes✦ Perl uses malloc to manage heap memory✦ Malloc uses sized buckets and free lists etc.✦ Malloc has overheads✦ Freed chunks of various sizes accumulate✦ Large allocations may use mmap()/munmap()✦ Your malloc maybe tunable 34
  • 35. Memory Profiling 35
  • 36. What does that mean?✦ Track memory size over time? ✦ "Memory went up 53 kB while in sub foo" ✦ Has to be done by internals not proc size✦ Experimental NYTProf patch by Nicholas ✦ Measured memory instead of CPU time ✦ Turned out to not seem very useful 36
  • 37. The Plan 37
  • 38. The Cunning Plan 38
  • 39. The Draft Plan✦ Add a function to Devel::Size to return the size of everything. ✦ including arenas and malloc overheads (where knowable) ✦ try to get as close to VmData value as possible✦ Add a C-level callback hook✦ Add some kind of "data path name" chain for the callback to use✦ Add multi-phase scan ✦ 1: start via symbol tables, note & skip where ref count > 1 ✦ 2: process all the skipped items (ref chains into unnamed data) ✦ 3: scan arenas for leaked values (not seen in scan 1 or 2)✦ Write all the name=>size data to disk✦ Write tool to visualize it (e.g. HTML treemap like NYTProf)✦ Write tool to diff two sets of data 39
  • 40. Questions? Tim.Bunce@pobox.com http://blog.timbunce.org @timbunce on twitter 40