Out of memory problem

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James
James on 17 Jun 2011
When I need do image processing, I always have memory shortage problem. By using 'memory' or increasing virtual memory doesn't work. How can I use some functions like 'malloc' to allocate more memories to several image matrix which could be 512x512x200? Thanks.
James

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 17 Jun 2011
Even of class double a 512x512x200 matrix is only 419430400 bytes - hardly very much in today's world. How many other variables do you have? Are you on a 64bit system? It might pay to upgrade.
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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 17 Jun 2011
I'm not on Windows, sorry. What about downsampling?
x = x(1:2:end,1:2:end,1:2:end);

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Daniel Shub
Daniel Shub on 17 Jun 2011
Try
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Based on your comments to Sean de, I think there is something else going on. When do you run the memory command? If I clean boot my machine (WinXP 32 bit) and start MATLAB I get:
Maximum possible array: 1224 MB (1.283e+009 bytes) *
Memory available for all arrays: 1548 MB (1.624e+009 bytes)
Memory used by MATLAB: 250 MB (2.620e+008 bytes)
Physical Memory (RAM): 1976 MB (2.072e+009 bytes)
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Daniel Shub
Daniel Shub on 18 Jun 2011
From your comments to Sean de, you have 3.5 GB of RAM after the 32 bit OS eats 0.5 GB. MATLAB takes 0.5 GB and reports 1 GB free after. Where did the other 2 GB go? If I don't run anything else, Windows takes 0.5 GB, so you are still missing 1.5 GB. What else is running on your computer. If the 1.5 GB of memory used by that stuff is all over the place, the remaining 1 GB that MATLAB has access to will be fragemented, and MATLAB cannot do anything about it.

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Gurudatha Pai
Gurudatha Pai on 17 Jun 2011
What is the OS virtual memory setting on your machine? on WinXP see My Computer--> Properties --> Advanced Tab --> Change button Virtual Memory Box.
It should show you the maximum allowed (also minimum and recommended) virtual memory on each drive! Mine is on 'System managed size'. This setting works for me very nicely (Matlab 2011a, WinXP SP3) and I have 6651MB of virtual memory on each of the three drives.
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James
James on 17 Jun 2011
I once set the virtual memory to 32000M bytes and later I realized the maximum is 4000M bytes for 32 bits OS. I tried to set a large one (like the 32000M), that doesn't work. Thanks.

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