Odd Root Process Sucking Over 4GB of RAM?

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  1. Apple2 macrumors member

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    (Sorry about repost, but put into wrong category. Can a mod please delete the thread titled the same in Mac OSX, no subform?)

    Kind of odd: The process "powerd" is using 2GB of RAM, and over 6GB of VRAM! Any idea what this process is, and if I can somehow stop it's memory rampage?

    Here's some more detailed info.

    Using no CPU
    Owned by root

    kernel task(0)
    launchhd(1)
    powerd(19)

    This only seemed to be a problem after the Lion install (Seems like the're tons of processes ending in "D" now)
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Is the 2Gb real ram? Remember, modern virtual ram isn't real ram. It isn't stored on disk or in the little ram chips. The amount of virtual ram a program uses can be 16Tb, but none of it is real.
     
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    That seems really bizarre. If you restart the computer, about how long is it until the ram usage is high again?
     
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    Been a couple of days, and it hasn't come back. Odd...
     

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