Golang Memory Leaks

Recently, I had a memory leak in production. I saw that a specific service’s memory steadily rises when under load, until the process hits an out of memory exception. After a thorough investigation, I found out the source of the memory leak as well as the reason to why it happened in the first place. To diagnose the problem, I used Golang’s profiling tool called pprof. In this post, I will explain what is pprof and show how I diagnosed the memory leak.

User Space Scheduling

A scheduler is a complex piece of software that is responsible for making sure cores are not idle if there are Threads that need work to be done.
The fast switching of Threads, also called a context switch, is done by the scheduler and it gives us the illusion that all of our processes run in parallel.
We have schedulers both in the Kernel of our favorite OS and in the user space, where our programs live and run.
Some types of programming languages leverage one type of scheduling, while others leverage another.
In this blog post, I will explain what a scheduler is and compare how scheduling affects different programming languages.

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