Calling functions with huge arguments
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- Subject: [mg97621] Calling functions with huge arguments
- From: Fernando Cucchietti <fernando.cucchietti at icfo.es>
- Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 04:59:17 -0500 (EST)
I am working with a VERY large tensor, so much that I would like to
keep at most two copies of it in memory at any given time. The
algorithm I want to run is convoluted and repetitive, but it looks
very compact when written in terms of subroutines and functions that
call themselves many times. However, from what I gather, Mathematica
effectively creates a copy of the arguments when a function is called.
Is this correct?
If so, I need to find a way to mimic pass-by-reference style as in C
or Fortran, or just pass the arguments that are not big and keep my
tensors defined globally (which I think makes the code look less
nice). Unwrapping the code so that it does not call functions is not
an option, because it would be very complex and never-again-usable.
My main question is then: what are the best ways to do pass-by-
reference (if it is better than global naming), or what approaches
have you taken to overcome similar problems?
Thanks in advance,
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