[R] Trouble with the memory allocation
Prof Brian D Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jul 16 16:16:16 CEST 2001
On Mon, 16 Jul 2001, Laurent Gautier wrote:
> Dear R-users,
> I am currently facing what appears to be a strange thing (at least to my
> humble understanding).
> If I understood correctly, starting with the version 1.2.3, R memory
> allocation can be done dynamically,
> and there is no need to fiddle with the --nsize and --vsize parameter
> any longer...
starting with 1.2.0, yes.
> So far this everything seemed to go this way (I saw the size of my
> processes growing when I was using big objects and
> so on). Howver recently I had trouble with the memory. It seems there is
> a limit of about 1,2 Go, beyond which R starts
> to send memory allocation error messages... not consistent with the
> memory still available
> (like 'Error: cannot allocate vector of size 125382 Kb', while there
> still about 17Go free).
Is this compiled as 32-bit or 64-bit process? And are there any
per-process limits set? A 32-bit process will (by definition) have a
4Gb limit, and may well have 2Gb or less depending how the malloc is
> I thought default limitation were set, but it does not seem to be the
> > mem.limits()
> nsize vsize
> NA NA
That's correct. See ?mem.limits.
> Any idea ?
> Where am I wrong ?
> PS: I am currently using R-1.3.0-patched, compiled on SGI IRIX 6.5 (I
> was using 1.2.3 and had the same kind of problems, that's why
> I upgraded)
No change in that area since 1.2.3.
> Laurent Gautier CBS, Building 208, DTU
> PhD. Student D-2800 Lyngby,Denmark
> tel: +45 45 25 24 85 http://www.cbs.dtu.dk/laurent
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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