[Rd] Memory allocation fails in R 2.2.1 and R 2.3.0 on SGI Irix, while plenty of memory available (PR#8861)

m.vroonhoven at erasmusmc.nl m.vroonhoven at erasmusmc.nl
Mon May 15 15:09:56 CEST 2006

Dear R developers,

We have a big SGI Origin computation server with 32 cpu's and 64 Gb of
RAM. In R 2.0.0 we could run large jobs, allocating 8 Gb of RAM was not
a problem, for example by running:
  > v1 <- seq(1,2^29)
  > v2 <- seq(1,2^29)
  > v3 <- seq(1,2^29)
  > v4 <- seq(1,2^29)
This yields an R process, consuming about 8 Gb of RAM:
    177484     177484 mirjam    20 8225M 8217M sleep    1:18  29.3 0.00 R

After upgrading from R 2.0.0 to R 2.2.1, we cannot allocate more than
about 1300 M of memory, as shown below:
  > v1 <- seq(1,2^29)
  Error: cannot allocate vector of size 2097152 Kb
  > v1 <- seq(1,2^28)
  > v2 <- seq(1,2^27)
  Error: cannot allocate vector of size 524288 Kb
  > v2 <- seq(1,2^25)
  > v3 <- seq(1,2^24)
  > v4 <- seq(1,2^23)
  > v5 <- seq(1,2^22)
  Error: cannot allocate vector of size 16384 Kb
  > v5 <- seq(1,2^21)
  > v6 <- seq(1,2^20)
  > v7 <- seq(1,2^19)
  > v8 <- seq(1,2^18)
  > q()
  Save workspace image? [y/n/c]: n
Upgrading to R 2.3.0 yields the same results.
This yields an R executable taking 1284M of RAM, refusing to allocate
more RAM, with about 30Gb free on the machine.

Is there any special configuration option I should turn on to make it
possible to use more memory? The OS memory limits (ulimit -a) are set

data seg size         (kbytes, -d) unlimited
max memory size       (kbytes, -m) 63385824
stack size            (kbytes, -s) 65536
virtual memory        (kbytes, -v) unlimited

If it is not some special (compile time) option that I should have set,
I think this is a bug.....

						With kind regards,

						Mirjam van Vroonhoven
Dr. Mirjam van Vroonhoven
	system administrator/programmer, dept. of Bioinformatics
	Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
	Room Number Ee 15.32, phone +31-10-463 81 11
Web: 	http://www.erasmusmc.nl/bioinformatics/
E-mail: m.vroonhoven at erasmusmc.nl

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