Re: Re: big integer for Range
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- Subject: [mg61351] Re: [mg61299] Re: big integer for Range
- From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
- Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 00:18:04 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Aside from the particular design of Mathematica, there's no particular
reason that available (physical RAM + VM) need limit the length of a
list: a program could write out parts of a list that's too long to a
file, then retrieve parts of it as needed -- all transparent to the
user. Evidently Mathematica does not do this.
> "Murray Eisenberg" <murray at math.umass.edu> ha scritto
> news:diktip$515$1 at smc.vnet.net...
>>Mathematica 5.2 under Windows XP on a 32-bit machine complains if I ask
>>it to form Range[10^9]. The error is Range::range: Range specification
>>in Range is not a machine-size integer.
>>Is there a built-in Mathematica function that tells what the machine's
>>maximum machine-size integer is? (And if not, shouldn't there be?)
>>Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu
>>Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
>>Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H)
>>University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W)
>>710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801
>>Amherst, MA 01003-9305
> Hi Murray,
> that's a very critical question!
> First of all, memory is the primary resource which limits the size of
> computations you can do.
> The amount of memory is equal to the physical number of bytes of RAM in the
> computer. But there is also a certain amount of "virtual memory", managed by
> the O.S. (or by yourself !).
> Now, $MaxMachineInteger gives the maximum integer that is represented
> internally on your computer; typically on an n-bit system is 2^(n-1) - 1.
> On 32-bit PC, each integer is represented by 4 bytes (which can differ
> substantially from one system to another!).
> To store n integers, that is the case of the Range[n] command (skipping the
> few bytes necessary to the structure) we need the amount of
> MBytes of ram.
> startMem = MemoryInUse/(1024*1024);
> this gives the number of MBytes of memory currently being used by
> Well, now keep in mind the dimension of the virtual memory used by Windows
> as you can see in the advanced properties of your system; let's say VM its
> Also let's say RAM the dimension of r.a.m. of your system (in MBytes) and
> PROGRAMS the dimension of all the processes running on the system at that
> time (obviously in MBytes).
> Now, solving the below equation you get the max integer that you can use
> with Range :
> Solve[f[n] == VM + RAM - PROGRAMS - startMem , n];
> Please, note that this solution is qualitative but useful to extract a
> superior limitation.
Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H)
University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W)
710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801
Amherst, MA 01003-9305
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