[R] Allocation problem

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue May 20 13:02:55 CEST 2003

On Tue, 20 May 2003, Ida Scheel wrote:

> I have a problem when using R1.7.0. I have a very large dataset, but I 
> also have access to 24GB RAM on a super-computer. Nevertheless, when 
> using the "lme"-function  I get the error message
> Error: cannot allocate vector of size 224295 Kb
> As I understand it, the default is that there is no memory-limit in R 
> other than machine resources, but somehow R does not get acces to the 
> 24GB of RAM I have available.

How do you know?  That message just says that at that point 220Mb *more*
was not available.

`A super-computer' is extremely vague; please be a lot more specific about 
what you are doing and how R was configured and built.  My expectation is 
that you are being limited by machine resources.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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