[Solved] Spark 1.4 increase maxResultSize memory

I am using Spark 1.4 for my research and struggling with the memory settings. My machine has 16GB of memory so no problem there since the size of my file is only 300MB. Although, when I try to convert Spark RDD to panda dataframe using toPandas() function I receive the following error:

serialized results of 9 tasks (1096.9 MB) is bigger than spark.driver.maxResultSize (1024.0 MB)

I tried to fix this changing the spark-config file and still getting the same error. I’ve heard that this is a problem with spark 1.4 and wondering if you know how to solve this. Any help is much appreciated.

Enquirer: ahajib


Solution #1:

You can set spark.driver.maxResultSize parameter in the SparkConf object:

from pyspark import SparkConf, SparkContext

# In Jupyter you have to stop the current context first

# Create new config
conf = (SparkConf()
    .set("spark.driver.maxResultSize", "2g"))

# Create new context
sc = SparkContext(conf=conf)

You should probably create a new SQLContext as well:

from pyspark.sql import SQLContext
sqlContext = SQLContext(sc)
Respondent: ahajib

Solution #2:

From the command line, such as with pyspark, --conf spark.driver.maxResultSize=3g can also be used to increase the max result size.

Respondent: zero323

Solution #3:

Tuning spark.driver.maxResultSize is a good practice considering the running environment. However, it is not the solution to your problem as the amount of data may change time by time. As @Zia-Kayani mentioned, it is better to collect data wisely. So if you have a DataFrame df, then you can call df.rdd and do all the magic stuff on the cluster, not in the driver. However, if you need to collect the data, I would suggest:

  • Do not turn on spark.sql.parquet.binaryAsString. String objects take more space
  • Use spark.rdd.compress to compress RDDs when you collect them
  • Try to collect it using pagination. (code in Scala, from another answer Scala: How to get a range of rows in a dataframe)

    long count = df.count()
    int limit = 50;
    while(count > 0){
    df1 = df.limit(limit);; //will print 50, next 50, etc rows
    df = df.except(df1);
    count = count - limit;

Respondent: Dolan Antenucci

Solution #4:

Looks like you are collecting the RDD, So it will definitely collect all the data to driver node that’s why you are facing this issue.
You have to avoid collect data if not required for a rdd, or if its necessary then specify spark.driver.maxResultSize. there are two ways of defining this variable

1 – create Spark Config by setting this variable as
conf.set("spark.driver.maxResultSize", "3g")
2 – or set this variable
in spark-defaults.conf file present in conf folder of spark. like
spark.driver.maxResultSize 3g and restart the spark.

Respondent: Iraj Hedayati

Solution #5:

There is also a Spark bug
that gives the same error

 serialized results of X tasks (Y MB) is bigger than spark.driver.maxResultSize

even though you may not be pulling data to the driver explicitly.

SPARK-12837 addresses a Spark bug that accumulators/broadcast variables prior to Spark 2 were pulled to driver unnecessary causing this problem.

Respondent: Zia Kiyani

Solution #6:

while starting the job or terminal, you can use

--conf spark.driver.maxResultSize="0"

to remove the bottleneck

Respondent: Tagar

Solution #7:

You can set spark.driver.maxResultSize to 2GB when you start the pyspark shell:

pyspark  --conf "spark.driver.maxResultSize=2g"

This is for allowing 2Gb for spark.driver.maxResultSize

Respondent: Mike

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