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Dmitriy Selivanov selivanov.dmitriy at gmail.com
Sun Aug 13 13:15:10 CEST 2017

Very interesting information about switching glibc malloc to jemalloc.

So I see action plan as following:

   1. set up some benchmark (need to think about design)
   2. Run it on ubuntu machine with default glibc malloc
   3. Run it with malloc_trim passed with reg.finalizer()
   4. Run it with jemalloc
   5. Review results and if they will look better than with glibc malloc -
   possibly consider switch R builds to use jemalloc on Debian, Ubuntu

Can't promise about timeline, but I will definitely try to investigate.

2017-08-13 1:36 GMT+04:00 Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org>:

> On 12 August 2017 at 15:10, luke-tierney at uiowa.edu wrote:
> | As the Python posts poitns out, it is possible to use alternate malloc
> | implementations, either rebuilding R to use them or using LD_PRELOAD.
> | On Ubuntu for example, you can have R use jemalloc with
> |
> | sudo apt-get install libjemalloc1
> | env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libjemalloc.so.1 R
> |
> | This does not seem to hold onto memory to the same degree, but I don't
> | know about any other aspect of its performance.
> Interesting.
> I don't really know anything about malloc versus jemalloc internals but I
> can
> affirm that redis -- an in-memory database written in single-threaded C for
> high performance -- in its Debian builds has been using jemalloc for years,
> presumably by choice of the maintainer. (We are very happy users of [a
> gently
> patched] redis at work; lots of writes; very good uptime.)
> Having the ability to switch to jemalloc, we could design a test bench and
> compare what the impact is.
> Similarly, if someone cared, I could (presumably) alter the default R build
> for Debian and Ubunto to also switch to jemalloc.
> Anybody feel like doing some empirics?
> Dirk
> --
> http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com | @eddelbuettel | edd at debian.org

Dmitriy Selivanov

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