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System.StackOverflowException occurred in RDotNet.dll - simple repro with Keras and DotNet Core #90

tomekziel opened this issue Mar 14, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Mar 14, 2019

Code below will consistently crash with "System.StackOverflowException occurred in RDotNet.dll"

Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Runtime: DotNet Core 2.1
R version: 3.4.3 and 3.4.4 (vanilla and Microsoft edition)
RDotNet version: 1.7 from NuGet

On Windows (Visual Studio debug/release run) following code crashes consistently aroud loop 550 (+/- 50). On Ubuntu first use ulimit -s 768 and then dotnet run Program, it will fail between loop number 9k an 11k.

You can speed up crash by removing "using" directive and skipping manual dispose.

I will provide Visual Studio workspace, if needed.

        StartupParameter p = new StartupParameter();
        p.RHome = @"c:\Program Files\R\R-3.4.4\";
        //p.RHome = @"c:\Program Files\Microsoft\R Open\R-3.4.3\";
        REngine engine = REngine.GetInstance(parameter: p);

        engine.Evaluate("model <- keras_model_sequential() %>% layer_dense(units = 1000, input_shape = c(1000)) %>% compile(loss = 'mse',optimizer = 'adam')");

        int counter = 0;

        while (true)


            IntegerVector vec = engine.CreateIntegerVector(1000);
            vec.SetVector(new int[1000]);
            engine.SetSymbol("vec1000", vec);

            var execution = "predict(model, t(vec1000))";
            using (var output = engine.Evaluate(execution))
                using (var a = output.AsList())
                    for (int i = 0; i < 1000; i++)
                        using (var b = a[i].AsNumeric())


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commented Apr 15, 2019

Thank you @tomekziel for the reproducible report. I can indeed reproduce on R 3.4.4 on Windows 10, .net framework 4.0 (4.5.1). I didn't think the runtime could be DotNet Core 2.1 with R.NET 1.7.0 though, maybe I miss something because it is pretty clear you managed. Anyway, reproducible.

Unfortunately I have little insight into what is going on in the R (gcc) call stack that leads to a stack overflow. I really could do with mixed mode debugging across .NET and gcc compiled code here. Or if Microsoft had R compiled with VC++.

It does smell like a concurrency issue between .NET GC and R freeing resources.

@jmp75 jmp75 added the help wanted label Apr 15, 2019

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