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Topic: Simple program leaking memory - why?
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Simple program leaking memory - why?
Posted: May 7, 2013 3:53 AM
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Hi folks,

I'm fighting an issue in which a simple Mathematica program to export a bunch of plots is leaking a huge amount of memory - enough to exhaust the 12G available on my machine. The problem is, it looks like the program should run in bounded memory! A simplified version of my code which demonstrates the problem follows:

n = 10000;
(* just some bogus data *)
makeData[_] := Table[{{x, y} = RandomReal[{-3, 3}, {2}], {y, -x}}, {200}];
data = Array[makeData, n];
"movie-" <> IntegerString[#, 10, 4] <> ".png",
ListVectorPlot[data[[#]]]] &,
Range[1, n]];

The problem occurs whether the loop is Map or Do, Parallel- or not. It occurs in Mathematica 8 and 9, both under Linux.

The amount of memory leaked per frame is considerable - approximately .6 MB in my tests. I don't see where it could be going, unless Export is caching every byte which passes through it!

I've also asked this question on stackexchange [1] but so far nobody has a clue.



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