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SYMPTOM: We have some alerts about high heap size in datanode in Ambari for production cluster. The maximum of heap size of the datanode is set to 16G

ERROR: Below is the snapshot


ROOT CAUSE: DN operations are IO expensive do not require 16GB of the heap.

RESOLUTION: Tuning GC parameters resolved the issue -

4GB Heap recommendation : 
-Xms4096m -Xmx4096m -XX:NewSize=800m 
-XX:MaxNewSize=800m -XX:+UseParNewGC 
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@Sagar Shimpi

I have this issue in my HDP 2.4.2 cluster since midnight because I see some are high on Datanode heap size for more than 10 hours now. I see your resolution but can you be more specific where to change these parameters? should i change them in and how?

@PJ If you are using ambari, then you need to modify Services->HDFS->Configs->"hadoop-env template" [depending on your java version you are using ie. >Java 8 or <Java 8]

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I will just try that

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