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RE: Re: Excessive Mathematica memory use, revisited.

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  • Subject: [mg46940] RE: [mg46928] Re: Excessive Mathematica memory use, revisited.
  • From: "Virgilio, Vincent" <Vincent.Virgilio at>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 19:55:04 -0500 (EST)
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Frank, thanks, Binarica seems to hold the most promise, given my current resources. I've run across it before, but decided to go with BinaryImport[] simply because it is packaged with Mathematica. Clearly that decision needs to be reevaluated. Probably, eventually, I'll try to extend Binarica.

Mariusz, with your advice, I've seen MaxMemoryUsed[] during import of an ~ 5MB image climb to around 85MB. ByteCount[image] was on the order 5MB. MemoryInUse[] was higher than ByteCount[image], I think. Again, when I have time, I'll post something more definite.

Jens, if I understand correctly, it is possible that even if I do manage to efficiently import all of this data into Mathematica, I still won't be able to do much with it. That will mostly depend on how the DigitalImageProcessing package handles the data.

János, I think you're talking about distributed shared memory. Would that be easier for Wolfram to implement than a traditional data tile cache (as in ENVI/IDL, Gimp, etc.)? I realize this is highly conjectural.

Vince Virgilio

-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Iannarilli [mailto:frankeye at]
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Subject: [mg46940] [mg46928] Re: Excessive Mathematica memory use, revisited.


Check out "binarica":

The summary: 
The Binarica notebook contains cells for fast reading of a binary file
and conversion of its IEEE single-precision floating point byte stream
into Mathematica (machine-precision) Reals. The processing maintains
the (Mathematica 4.X) PackedArray representation so crucial to memory
and speed efficiency.

Although crafted only for PC-endian byte format, and merely for IEEE
single-precision, the methods provided are sufficiently generalizable
by an interested user.

I've found it quite tricky, but doable, to get near-optimal space-time
performance on binary import.


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