Nginx runs out of memory with large value for 'keepalive_requests'

prajos nginx-forum at
Thu Jul 12 09:48:55 UTC 2018

Hi all,
I'm using nginx as a Revers proxy to a service (A). nginx receives a large
number of persistent connections from a single client service(B). 
Service B sends a lot of requests (2K rps) over these persistent

The amount of memory nginx uses seems to increase as a function of 
'keepalive_requests 2147483647' . The memory used keeps raising until the
machine runs out of memory (4GB, aws instance).  While a smaller
''keepalive_requests 8192' doesn't create the exact problem.  

Some additional observations:
When I reload nginx the memory usage comes down and then slowly starts
building up.
when I test nginx with a gatling test tool as a client, this behaviour is
not observed.
When I use the actual service(B), this behaviour seems to reappear. 

I curious to know what exactly is happening and how can I fix this issue of
high memory usage ?

my nginx server side configuration looks like:

server {
   listen            443 ssl default_server;

location / {
# keepalive_timeout 14400s;
# keepalive_requests 2147483647; ----> over 10 hrs, memory usages go to 4

   keepalive_timeout 600s;           
   keepalive_requests 8192; 

   proxy_pass              http://ingress;
   proxy_redirect off;
   proxy_http_version 1.1;
   proxy_set_header Connection "";

Thanks for all the help,

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