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Topic: Reducing memory requirements for tiled matrices
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Steven Lord

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Re: Reducing memory requirements for tiled matrices
Posted: Nov 14, 2012 9:53 AM
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"Harry Commin" <> wrote in message
>> The following code uses the for-loop method I mentioned earlier ... it
>> will save you memory space, but at the cost of slower execution than with
>> the use of the 'kron' function.

> Yes, using multiple loops was actually my starting point, but then I
> removed the loops in an attempt to speed up execution. This worked pretty
> well for modestly-sized matrices (allowing execution to finish within a
> day or two). However, I've hit a wall with this slightly larger data size
> in that I now run out of memory.
> I suppose a brute-force approach would be to get my hands on a 64-bit
> architecture. Or I could try keeping "some" loops and not others... but
> it's difficult to identify a good trade-off.

Those are two options, but first I recommend that you answer Roger's "real

"Roger Stafford" wrote:
> > Perhaps the real question to ask is what you intend to do with these
> > final matrices if you have a number of them to generate. You won't have
> > enough memory to store more than a very few at any one time. Perhaps
> > there is some shortcut in achieving this purpose that can be
> > accomplished without creating these huge matrices.

This group has readers and posters with experience in many different
application areas. One of them may recognize your description of your goal
as a common problem in their application area and suggest an algorithm or
function that avoids having to create such matrices altogether.

If not, switching to a 64-bit OS and 64-bit MATLAB or even to a parallel
computing cluster using Parallel Computing Toolbox and MATLAB Distributed
Computing Server are other potential options.

Steve Lord
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