[Numpy-discussion] Leaking memory problem

Thouis (Ray) Jones thouis@gmail....
Mon Feb 25 09:50:11 CST 2013


I added allocation tracking tools to numpy for exactly this reason.
They are not very well documented, but you can see how to use them
here:

https://github.com/numpy/numpy/tree/master/tools/allocation_tracking


Ray


On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM, Jaakko Luttinen
<jaakko.luttinen@aalto.fi> wrote:
> Hi!
>
> I was wondering if anyone could help me in finding a memory leak problem
> with NumPy. My project is quite massive and I haven't been able to
> construct a simple example which would reproduce the problem..
>
> I have an iterative algorithm which should not increase the memory usage
> as the iteration progresses. However, after the first iteration, 1GB of
> memory is used and it steadily increases until at about 100-200
> iterations 8GB is used and the program exits with MemoryError.
>
> I have a collection of objects which contain large arrays. In each
> iteration, the objects are updated in turns by re-computing the arrays
> they contain. The number of arrays and their sizes are constant (do not
> change during the iteration). So the memory usage should not increase,
> and I'm a bit confused, how can the program run out of memory if it can
> easily compute at least a few iterations..
>
> I've tried to use Pympler, but I've understood that it doesn't show the
> memory usage of NumPy arrays.. ?
>
> I also tried gc.set_debug(gc.DEBUG_UNCOLLECTABLE) and then printing
> gc.garbage at each iteration, but that doesn't show anything.
>
> Does anyone have any ideas how to debug this kind of memory leak bug?
> And how to find out whether the bug is in my code, NumPy or elsewhere?
>
> Thanks for any help!
> Jaakko
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