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Re: st: Stata and memory use under linux (Off topic)

From   Richard Williams <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Stata and memory use under linux (Off topic)
Date   Sat, 08 Jan 2005 13:27:55 -0500

At 12:04 PM 1/8/2005 -0600, Alan Riley wrote:

Once you have given Stata enough memory, giving it even more than that
can be counterproductive.  The more memory you allocate to Stata, the
more risk you incur of causing the operating system to start swapping
that memory to the hard disk, which will greatly slow down Stata.
Perhaps Stata could issue a warning to that effect when you try to allocate more memory than you have RAM?

For that matter, how hard it would be for Stata to dynamically allocate whatever it is that it needs?

Just off the top of my head, Stata is the only program I can think of where I need to allocate the memory myself. But perhaps there are advantages to doing it yourself.

Richard Williams, Notre Dame Dept of Sociology
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