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Re: memory release problem in mathematica6.0

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  • Subject: [mg83309] Re: memory release problem in mathematica6.0
  • From: Jon McLoone <jonm at>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 05:22:03 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <fhegac$m08$> <fhh7qq$90c$>

On Nov 15, 10:42 am, Yaroslav Bulatov <yarosla... at> wrote:
> I confirm this behavior. The following line works the first few times,
> but the memory isn't released with "Clear[A]" and after a few times
> kernel quits with "out of memory" message
> A = RandomInteger[{1}, 100000000]; Clear[A]
> On Nov 14, 1:49 am, jack <giaber... at> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > When i define large data structures, for example an array  "A" of
> > million  of elements that occupy some  hundreds of MB of physical
> > memory,when i clear it, with Clear[A] memory isn' t released by
> > operating system. I' ve tried both on windows and linux.
> > The result of MemoryInUse[] command of mathematica but the physical
> > memory reported by the system monitor isn't released.
> > I' ve tried also ClearSystemCache[] but with no result.
> > Am i missing something?
> > Thanks!

Don't forget that Mathematica stores the history of a session in In[]
and Out[] values. So clearing A may still leave a copy of the data in
Out[1]. Use $HistoryLength=0; first to prevent this.

Jon McLoone

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