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Why does the Flink job consume a significant amount of memory even though it is utilizing the rocksdb state backend?

asked 2022-04-10 11:00:00 +0000

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answered 2021-07-15 20:00:00 +0000

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Even though the Flink job is utilizing the rocksdb state backend, it may still consume a significant amount of memory due to various factors such as:

  1. The amount of data being processed: If the job is processing a large amount of data, it will require more memory to hold the state objects.

  2. Serialization overhead: When objects are loaded into or read from state, they need to be deserialized or serialized, respectively. This process can require additional memory.

  3. Operator state size: If the operator state size is large, it will occupy more memory.

  4. Garbage collection: If the JVM is running low on memory, it will trigger garbage collection, which can impact the job's performance.

  5. Other factors: Other factors such as network latencies, contention for CPU resources, or misconfiguration of the Flink cluster can also impact memory usage.

To optimize memory usage, it is recommended to monitor the memory usage of the Flink job, tune the operator state size, increase the JVM memory, and avoid unnecessary data loading or caching.

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