[GRASS-dev] [GRASS GIS] #2045: r.to.vect: use less memory

GRASS GIS trac at osgeo.org
Thu Jun 23 13:55:53 PDT 2016

#2045: r.to.vect: use less memory
  Reporter:  mlennert     |      Owner:  grass-dev@…
      Type:  enhancement  |     Status:  new
  Priority:  normal       |  Milestone:  7.0.5
 Component:  Raster       |    Version:  svn-trunk
Resolution:               |   Keywords:  r.to.vect
       CPU:  Unspecified  |   Platform:  Unspecified

Comment (by mmetz):

 Replying to [comment:21 mlennert]:
 > Replying to [comment:20 mmetz]:
 > > Replying to [comment:19 mlennert]:
 > > >
 > > > Data and info provided via private mail.
 > >
 > > I have received the data, thanks!
 > >
 > > >
 > > > Previous posters have also reported that setting GRASS_VECTOR_LOWMEM
 didn't make much of a difference, so maybe the problem is there ?
 > >
 > > I don't think so. Without GRASS_VECTOR_LOWMEM, v.build needs about 26
 GB of RAM. With GRASS_VECTOR_LOWMEM, v.build needs about 11 GB of RAM but
 is about 4.5 times slower, that is expected because some temporary data
 are kept on disk and not in memory.
 > Why does it still need 11GB of RAM when working with disk-based data ?
 Is this really unavoidable ?

 Technically, this is not unavoidable. Main topology and the category index
 could also be managed on disk, but this is not easy to implement. You
 could ask for enhancements for GRASS 8.
 > GRASS has always had a tradition of allowing to work on limited

 With the exception of vector topology which requires a lot of resources.
 RAM consumption for vector topology has been substantially reduced in
 GRASS 7 compared to GRASS 6, independent of the GRASS_VECTOR_LOWMEM

 > Even though RAM is cheap, I would still consider > 11GB as rather high-
 end in many offices. I wouldn't mind if it makes the command much slower,
 but it would be nice if it could get the job done with less RAM usage...

 Something for GRASS 8+. Also, a vector with >17 million areas is rather
 unusual. For example, this vector can not be exported as a shapefile
 because "The Shapefile format explicitly uses 32bit offsets" and I
 estimate the *.shp file to be >10GB.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.osgeo.org/grass/ticket/2045#comment:22>
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