Out of memory

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by msvadi, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. msvadi macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    I apologize for a basic question, but I hope someone can clarify this for me because searching the web did not uncover much.

    I'm running Matlab on a Mac Pro with Mavericks, 64GB of RAM and over 900GB of free disk space. My computations involve pretty large matrices. I've noticed that whenever the amount of Virtual Memory approaches 128GB (in Activity Monitor), the system would pause the Matlab process and produce an "out of Application memory" message.

    As far as I know, the only restriction on the amount of virtual memory should be the free disk space, and I have tons of it. But the OS does not want to increase virtual memory beyond twice the amount of the physical memory.

    I wonder what's going on, is it a Matlab limitation?

  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
  3. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    Thanks, I've seen that info and other solutions suggested by Mathworks (other data formats, disabling java, and sparse matrices), but it did not help. Most importantly, there is nothing in that article that can explain why virtual memory cannot go over 128GB. I have a 64-bit MATLAB, so according to them the limit is 8TB.

  4. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
  5. msvadi, Jun 21, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2014

    msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    Thanks. This is weird. What does it even mean "it size is determined by the author of the app." ?

    In any case, it's easy to calculate how much memory space my matrices require. If that number stays below 128GB, everything runs fine. Once it gets over 128GB, problems begin. Since there is only one account on that machine, it's hard to believe that there are processes running and consuming hundreds of GB of virtual memory.


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