Clojure

Reducer (and folder) instances hold onto the head of seqs

Details

  • Type: Defect Defect
  • Status: Open Open
  • Priority: Critical Critical
  • Resolution: Unresolved
  • Affects Version/s: Release 1.5
  • Fix Version/s: Release 1.7
  • Component/s: None
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  • Patch:
    Code
  • Approval:
    Vetted

Description

Problem Statement
A shared function #'clojure.core.reducers/reducer holds on to the head of a reducible collection, causing it to blow up when the collection is a lazy sequence.

Cause: #'reducer closes over a collection when in order to reify CollReduce, and the closed-over is never cleared. When code attempts to reduce over this anonymous transformed collection, it will realize the tail while the head is stored in the closed-over.

Reproduction steps:
Compare the following calls:

(time (reduce + 0 (map identity (range 1e8))))
(time (reduce + 0 (r/map identity (range 1e8))))

The second call should fail on a normal or small heap.

(If reducers are faster than seqs, increase the range.)

Approaches:

1) Reimplement the #'reducer (and #'folder) transformation fns similar to the manner that Christophe proposes here:

(defrecord Reducer [coll xf])

(extend-protocol 
  clojure.core.protocols/CollReduce
  Reducer
      (coll-reduce [r f1]
                   (clojure.core.protocols/coll-reduce r f1 (f1)))
      (coll-reduce [r f1 init]
                   (clojure.core.protocols/coll-reduce (:coll r) ((:xf r) f1) init)))

(def rreducer ->Reducer) 

(defn rmap [f coll]
  (rreducer coll (fn [g] 
                   (fn [acc x]
                     (g acc (f x))))))

Advantages: Relatively non-invasive change.
Disadvantages: Not evident code. Additional protocol dispatch, though only incurred once

2) Clear the reference to 'this' on the stack just before a tail call occurs

When a callee is in return position, clear the local variable reference to 'this' in the caller's stack frame, which will make the caller and all its closed-overs eligible for reclamation.

Patch 1211 takes this approach for InvokeExpr call sites in return position. Patch 1214 takes the same approach for InvokeExprs and also static and instance interop calls.

Here is the code that performs the clearing excerpted from the 1214 patch:

void emitClearThis(GeneratorAdapter gen) {
		gen.visitInsn(Opcodes.ACONST_NULL);
		gen.visitVarInsn(Opcodes.ASTORE, 0);
	}

Tail calls wrapped inside a try/catch/finally clause cannot have 'this' cleared, because closed-overs/locals may need to be emitted for exception handling blocks. Both patches consider and handle this edge case.

Advantages: Fixes this case with no user code changes. Enables GC to do reclaim closed-overs references earlier.
Disadvantages: A compiler change.

3) Alternate approach

from Christophe Grand:
Another way would be to enhance the local clearing mechanism to also clear "this" but it's complex since it may be needed to keep a reference to "this" for caches long after obvious references to "this" are needed.

Advantages: Fine-grained
Disadvantages: Complex, invasive, and the compiler is hard to hack on.

Mitigations
Avoid reducing on lazy-seqs and instead operate on vectors / maps, or custom reifiers of CollReduce or CollFold. This could be easier with some implementations of common collection functions being available (like iterate and partition).

See https://groups.google.com/d/msg/clojure-dev/t6NhGnYNH1A/2lXghJS5HywJ for previous discussion.

  1. after-change.txt
    11/Dec/13 11:17 PM
    4 kB
    Ghadi Shayban
  2. before-change.txt
    11/Dec/13 11:17 PM
    4 kB
    Ghadi Shayban
  3. CLJ-1250-20131211.patch
    11/Dec/13 11:08 PM
    4 kB
    Ghadi Shayban
  4. CLJ-1250-AllInvokeSites-20140204.patch
    04/Feb/14 3:50 PM
    14 kB
    Ghadi Shayban
  5. CLJ-1250-AllInvokeSites-20140320.patch
    20/Mar/14 4:39 PM
    15 kB
    Ghadi Shayban

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