maximum array size

maximum array size

Is there a maximum array size that is allocatable using the intel compiler ?

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No - you're limited by what the operating system allows. The compiler does not impose its own limit.

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How is it possible to evaluate this maximum size : I work on an 64b opteron and installed successfully Intel's fortran compiler 8.* for 64b processors. I have no problem for compiling or linking but I was surprised to observe that the maximum array size didn't change from my 32b installation ... !? Is it normal ??

Thanks for your answer(s), Edouard.

There is no easy way to determine it. If you are declaring a static array, there are limits of the linker and the image activator. Have you tried an allocatable array? What was the maximum size you managed to see?

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Does the -mcmodel= switch influence the maximum size of static arrays? I don't find documentation readily accessible.

Hmm - yes, it might. Try -mcmodel=medium and see if it helps.

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/opt/fc-8.1.023/bin/ifort -mcmodel=medium -c frxx5.f
ifort: Command line warning: ignoring unknown option '-mcmodel=medium'

I have seen this option on other compilers, not yours.

Try -fpic on your 64b machine, i think thismight help.

Actually the limit of size on my computer (the 64b Opteron AND on my 32b PC) is between 1E8 and 1E9 for the maximum size of an allocatable array for a DOUBLE PRECISION. I checked also that the stack size and the data seg size are unlimited.

The /proc/meminfo file gives me :

total: used: free: shared: buffers: cached:
Mem: 4088872960 97042432 3991830528 0 11104256 59793408
Swap: 4293910528 270786560 4023123968
MemTotal: 3993040 kB
MemFree: 3898272 kB

which seems to be sufficient !?

On the other hand, the greatest integer of kind=8 (obtained with the huge command) is the same as on a 32b : 2147483647. Again, I do not know if it is normal.

Thanks for your comments, Edouard.

If you are seeing the same result for HUGE of an INTEGER(8) as an INTEGER(4), there's an error in your program. Perhaps you are also misinterpreting the size numbers.

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As you suggest, there was a problem in my program : I used a "Integer :: variable=kind(8)" statement instead of the declaration "Integer(8):: variable". I thought it was equivalent !

Yet I still do not understand why it is not possible to allocate a bigger array on my 64b processor than on my 32b PC. Do you have any idea considering the datas in a previous message ?

Thanks a lot for your answers.

Let's see an example program, the commands you used to build it, and the results of running it. I know this works - I have seen it myself.

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I used the followig test program :

PROGRAM test64


INTEGER(8) :: dimarray

dimarray = 260000000



+ I compiled and executed it on my PC (32b) with the standard

ifort test64.f90 -o test64

instructions. It is successfull. If ichange the value dimarray to 270000000. Iget the message :

Allocate error 494: Allocation of Array with extent of 270000000 failed

+ On the 64b processor compiled with the instruction :

/opt/intel_fce_80/bin/ifort test64.f90

the limit (computed manually changing the value of dimarray) is close from 1000000000. That is less than 5 times larger than the previous one.

With a greater integer I got the following message :

forrtl: severe (41): insufficient virtual memory
Image PC Routine Line Source
a.out 000000000043A2BE Unknown Unknown Unknown
a.out 0000000000439CE2 Unknown Unknown Unknown


You're hitting an OS limit determined by your configuration. I don't know enough about Linux to advise you on this, except to say that it's not straightforward to configure a system that will allow more than 2GB allocations.

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I am able to compile and run the test program up to the size of the physical memory limit of 32 GB:

c5i5n13 .../development/x86_64 $ ifort test64.f90
c5i5n13 .../development/x86_64 $ a.out

It's a SuSE 9.1 x86_64 with Kernel 2.6.5-7.97-smpand Intel l_fce_pc_8.1.025


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