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st: memory management in Win2000

From   "Steven Stillman (LMPG)" <>
To   "'statalist'" <>
Subject   st: memory management in Win2000
Date   Fri, 11 Jul 2003 16:09:04 +1200

This is more of a windows questions than a stata question.  I frequently
work on large datasets (150-200m) on a Pent IIII PC w/ Win2000 and 512m ram.
I find that it takes a long time (3-5 minutes) for these large datasets to
initial open (stata is very fast once the datasets are loaded).  Does anyone
have any suggestions on how to get Win2000 to allocate memory quicker to
stata (this seems to be what holds things up)?  I was thinking that ala Unix
there might be a way to assign a fixed block of ram to stata instead of it
being dynamically reallocated every time a dataset is opened.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Steven Stillman - Senior Research Economist
Labour Market Policy Group - Department of Labour
PO Box 3705 - Wellington, New Zealand
Tel: (64)4-915-4076 - Fax: (64)4-915-4040

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