Is there a way for breaking a loop iteration, if it takes to long?

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Dear People, I am running analyzes of multiple input data files. Each file is analyzed in one iteration of a for loop, e.g.
for 1:length(data)
analyze(data{i});
end
However, for some data, the analysis takes very long, because the RAM is full. Is there a way of breaking the loop on a timer or RAM condition, say after 1 hour of iteration time, or as RAM gets full? Or do you have any other recommendation, except for throughing the data away in advance, or tuning the analysis?
Kind regards, Philipp

Answers (2)

Jan Orwat
Jan Orwat on 7 Jun 2016
One of the simplest ways for time control is to use tic and toc
time0 = tic;
timeLimit = 60*60*1; % 1 hour == 3600 seconds
for ...
...
if toc(time0)>timeLimit
break
end
end
or using while loop
time0 = tic;
timeLimit = 60*60*1; % 1 hour == 3600 seconds
while conds && toc(time0)<timeLimit
...
end
in case of placing multiple breakpoints it is vital to identify them e.g. by printing breakpoint info. It is crucial to design breakpoints in a way allowing to resume computations from the point it was disrupted. Sometimes instead of command break it is better to put a message and a debbuger breakpoint which will give you command line access while program is paused. Then you can continue from this exact point in code.
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Jos (10584)
Jos (10584) on 7 Jun 2016
Edited: Jos (10584) on 7 Jun 2016
You can create a timer ;
th = timer('TimerFcn','keyboard') ;
th.StartDelay = 5 ;
start(th) ;
pause ; % will be stopped after 5 seconds.
stop(th) ;
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 16 Jun 2021
You can have the timer routine set a shared variable that is being tested by the loop to know to move on.

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