The GitLab Rails application code suffers from memory leaks. For web requests
this problem is made manageable using
restarts Unicorn worker processes in between requests when needed. The Sidekiq
MemoryKiller applies the same approach to the Sidekiq processes used by GitLab
to process background jobs.
Unlike unicorn-worker-killer, which is enabled by default for all GitLab installations since GitLab 6.4, the Sidekiq MemoryKiller is enabled by default only for Omnibus packages. The reason for this is that the MemoryKiller relies on runit to restart Sidekiq after a memory-induced shutdown and GitLab installations from source do not all use runit or an equivalent.
With the default settings, the MemoryKiller will cause a Sidekiq restart no more often than once every 15 minutes, with the restart causing about one minute of delay for incoming background jobs.
Some background jobs rely on long-running external processes. To ensure these
are cleanly terminated when Sidekiq is restarted, each Sidekiq process should be
run as a process group leader (e.g., using
chpst -P). If using Omnibus or the
bin/background_jobs script with
runit installed, this is handled for you.
Configuring the MemoryKiller
The MemoryKiller is controlled using environment variables.
SIDEKIQ_DAEMON_MEMORY_KILLER: defaults to 0. When set to 1, the MemoryKiller works in daemon mode. Otherwise, the MemoryKiller works in legacy mode.
In legacy mode, the MemoryKiller checks the Sidekiq process RSS after each job.
In daemon mode, the MemoryKiller checks the Sidekiq process RSS every 3 seconds (defined by
SIDEKIQ_MEMORY_KILLER_MAX_RSS(KB): if this variable is set, and its value is greater than 0, the MemoryKiller is enabled. Otherwise the MemoryKiller is disabled.
SIDEKIQ_MEMORY_KILLER_MAX_RSSdefines the Sidekiq process allowed RSS.
In legacy mode, if the Sidekiq process exceeds the allowed RSS then an irreversible delayed graceful restart will be triggered. The restart of Sidekiq will happen after
In daemon mode, if the Sidekiq process exceeds the allowed RSS for longer than
SIDEKIQ_MEMORY_KILLER_GRACE_TIMEthe graceful restart will be triggered. If the Sidekiq process go below the allowed RSS within
SIDEKIQ_MEMORY_KILLER_GRACE_TIME, the restart will be aborted.
The default value for Omnibus packages is set in the Omnibus GitLab repository.
SIDEKIQ_MEMORY_KILLER_HARD_LIMIT_RSS(KB): is used by daemon mode. If the Sidekiq process RSS (expressed in kilobytes) exceeds
SIDEKIQ_MEMORY_KILLER_HARD_LIMIT_RSS, an immediate graceful restart of Sidekiq is triggered.
SIDEKIQ_MEMORY_KILLER_CHECK_INTERVAL: used in daemon mode to define how often to check process RSS, default to 3 seconds.
SIDEKIQ_MEMORY_KILLER_GRACE_TIME: defaults to 900 seconds (15 minutes). The usage of this variable is described as part of
SIDEKIQ_MEMORY_KILLER_SHUTDOWN_WAIT: defaults to 30 seconds. This defines the maximum time allowed for all Sidekiq jobs to finish. No new jobs will be accepted during that time, and the process will exit as soon as all jobs finish.
If jobs do not finish during that time, the MemoryKiller will interrupt all currently running jobs by sending
SIGTERMto the Sidekiq process.
If the process hard shutdown/restart is not performed by Sidekiq, the Sidekiq process will be forcefully terminated after
Sidekiq.options[:timeout] * 2seconds. An external supervision mechanism (e.g. runit) must restart Sidekiq afterwards.