[SciPy-User] scipy+lapack array copy

Paul Anton Letnes paul.anton.letnes@gmail....
Mon Mar 8 13:15:19 CST 2010

On 8. mars 2010, at 10.10, Skipper Seabold wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM, Paul Anton Letnes
> <paul.anton.letnes@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi everyone.
>> I have a numerical project where I link a fortran module to python using f2py. The fortran module basically sets up the left hand side coefficient matrix of a linear equation system. The right hand side is small, so I set that up in python. So far, everything works great.
>> Now, when I call scipy-lapack, I am using:
>> from scipy.linalg.lapack import flapack as lapack
>> lu, piv, x, info = lapack.zgesv(A, b)
>> A is created in the fortran part of the program. b is created from numpy.zeros(). Both report as F_CONTIGUOUS by printing A.flags and b.flags.
>> The problem is that I'd like A to be large (>1GB), but the lapack wrapper (or lapack itself?) copies the array, doubling the memory use. Aside from being unnecessary, this also reduces the practical problem size I can solve by a factor 2, which of course is very annoying.
>> How can I get around this problem?
> It looks like zgesv allows you to set overwrite_a = 1.  If this isn't
> what you want, there might be another way to proceed.
> In [5]: from scipy.linalg.lapack import flapack as lapack
> In [6]: lapack.zgesv?
> Type:           fortran
> String Form:    <fortran object at 0x7fccc4f6af08>
> Namespace:      Interactive
> Docstring:
>    zgesv - Function signature:
>      lu,piv,x,info = zgesv(a,b,[overwrite_a,overwrite_b])
>    Required arguments:
>      a : input rank-2 array('D') with bounds (n,n)
>      b : input rank-2 array('D') with bounds (n,nrhs)
>    Optional arguments:
>      overwrite_a := 0 input int
>      overwrite_b := 0 input int
>    Return objects:
>      lu : rank-2 array('D') with bounds (n,n) and a storage
>      piv : rank-1 array('i') with bounds (n)
>      x : rank-2 array('D') with bounds (n,nrhs) and b storage
>      info : int
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thanks a lot. This looks like everything I need. I have to overwrite A I guess, otherwise it will have to be copied. I must have overlooked this in the documentation.


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