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Re: memory use

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  • Subject: [mg4826] Re: memory use
  • From: rubin at (Paul A. Rubin)
  • Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 01:12:44 -0400
  • Organization: Michigan State University
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In article <51c4vv$b2u at>,
   rustybel at (Russell Towle) wrote:
->Using MMA 2.2 on a PowerMac with 32MB RAM allocated to the kernel, I am
->assembling large arrays of integers which I pass to ListPlot3D.  For
->example, a list of dimensions {490, 1091}.  Simply to assemble this list
->uses so much memory that I cannot pass it to ListPlot3D in the same
->session; so I thought that writing it to a file might be a good device.
->I use the syntax, (biglist >> "filename"), but to my surprise, the kernel
->requires tons of memory to execute this, even though the list "biglist" 
->already evaluated, and every element in it already resides in memory.
->By allocating 40 MB of memory to the kernel, I was able to write the list
->to a file.  The file size itself was only 3MB.  Why does MMA need 16 or
->20MB to write a 3MB file?
->Russell Towle
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Are the integers literally integers, or expressions that reduce to 
integers?  (Although I'm not sure how much of a difference that makes.)

More to the point, have you tried using Share[] to reduce the memory 

-- Paul


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