Another observation -  It crashed with 84 groups and 73K instance. In this scenario, I shall have pretty enough memory and disk. 

Also seems during the increasing of the groups, it used a lot of temporary disk space when the data is over certain groups.


Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 9:15 AM
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL crashed during random forest training

Hi Frank,

You may refer to the enclosed dump data for the training table, and I used the below  SQL for random forest.

DROP TABLE IF EXISTS train_output, train_output_group, train_output_summary;
SELECT madlib.forest_train('train_data',         -- source table
                           'train_output',    -- output model table
                           'rowid',              -- id column
                           'positive',           -- response
                           'features',   -- features
                           NULL,              -- exclude columns
                           'caseid',              -- grouping columns
                           30::integer,       -- number of trees
                           30::integer,        -- number of random features
                           TRUE::boolean,     -- variable importance
                           1::integer,        -- num_permutations
                           10::integer,        -- max depth
                           3::integer,        -- min split
                           1::integer,        -- min bucket
                           10::integer,        -- number of splits per continuous variable
                           NULL,         -- null handling parameter 
                           TRUE          --   verbose

Luyao Chen

From: Frank McQuillan <>
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL crashed during random forest training
Hi Luyao Chen

It's hard to debug just looking at that trace.

1) If you increase your data size to more than 56K instances in 56 groups, does it work?  e.g., double it to approx 112K instances and 112 groups.

2) Is it possible of you could share a sample of your data so that we could try?  If not, perhaps anonymize a sample of the data so that we can multiply it out to make it bigger?  Then we could take a closer look.


On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 12:34 PM, LUYAO CHEN <> wrote:

Dear user group,

I got a problem when training the grouped data with random forest(300 features). Small data was fine ( eg, 56K instances in 56 groups), but failed for 240K instances in 250 groups. Postgres forced to disconnect the session after showing the below message in verbose mode:

NOTICE:  view "__madlib_temp_60124179_1532371657_7130296__" will be a temporary view
NOTICE:  sql_create_empty_result_table:

            CREATE TABLE analysis.dx_rf_train_output_1 (
                gid         integer,
                sample_id   integer,
                tree        madlib.bytea8);

NOTICE:  sql_refresh_training_pois_cnt:

                            TRUNCATE TABLE __madlib_temp_91155016_1532371657_5660955__ CASCADE;
                            INSERT INTO __madlib_temp_91155016_1532371657_5660955__
                                madlib.poisson_random(1) AS poisson_count
                                    0.::double precision AS __madlib_temp_14328459_1532371657_7318497__
                                FROM analysis.dxpredict_svec
                            ) subq
                            WHERE __madlib_temp_14328459_1532371657_7318497__ < 1

                        src_cnt: 158360,
                        oob_cnt: 92418,
                        dup_cnt: 250617.

NOTICE:  Started tree building for all groups
server closed the connection unexpectedly
        This probably means the server terminated abnormally
        before or while processing the request.
The connection to the server was lost. Attempting reset: Failed.

The PostgreSQL did not capture the detail log even I increased the logstatement to "all" 
2018-07-23 14:47:50.229 EDT [1090] LOG:  server process (PID 1980) was terminated by signal 11: Segmentation fault
2018-07-23 14:47:50.229 EDT [1090] DETAIL:  Failed process was running: SELECT madlib.forest_train('analysis.dxpredict_svec',
2018-07-23 14:47:50.229 EDT [1090] LOG:  terminating any other active server processes
2018-07-23 14:47:50.229 EDT [1401] WARNING:  terminating connection because of crash of another server process