Report on Memory Allocation
memory.size reports the current or maximum memory allocation of
malloc function used in this version of R.
memory.limit reports or increases the limit in force
on the total allocation.
memory.size(max = FALSE)
memory.limit(size = NA)
TRUEthe maximum amount of memory obtained from the OS is reported, if
FALSEthe amount currently in use, if
NAthe memory limit.
NAreport the memory limit, otherwise request a new limit, in Mb. Only values of up to 4095 are allowed on 32-bit R builds, but see ‘Details’.
Command-line flag --max-mem-size sets the maximum value of obtainable memory (including a very small amount of housekeeping overhead). This cannot exceed 3Gb on 32-bit Windows, and most versions are limited to 2Gb. The minimum is currently 32Mb.
If 32-bit R is run on most 64-bit versions of Windows the maximum value of obtainable memory is just under 4Gb. For a 64-bit versions of R under 64-bit Windows the limit is currently 8Tb.
Memory limits can only be increased.
R_MAX_MEM_SIZE provides another way to
specify the initial limit.
Size in Mb (1048576 bytes), rounded to 0.01 Mb for
and rounded down for
These functions exist on other platforms but always report infinity as R does itself provide limits on memory allocation---the OS's own facilities can be used.
Memory-limits for other limits.
The rw-FAQ for more details and references.
memory.size() memory.size(TRUE) memory.limit()