Check email while a process is running

February 10, 2012 at 09:13:23
Specs: Windows Vista, 48
How can I ensure that an appllcation will not take all of the available memory. I am running a process in an appllication and can not do anything on the computer until the process finishes. Is there a way to provide memory to other windows process, Alt tab does not work because that the process is using all ofv the available memory.

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February 10, 2012 at 09:51:11
In Vista, as in all modern operating systems, memory is managed by the OS and there is little you can do to change this. It appears that your computer has limited memory. How much RAM do you have? Your system specs provide nothing useful.

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February 12, 2012 at 05:44:33
The computer is an HP Z800 with 48GB of ram, two quad core CPU's and an Nvidia Quadro 5800 video card, running Vista enterprise. The application is a geologic modeling program with processes that often require 15 to 20 minutes to complete. This is a very powerful computer running very complex algorithms,but until the process finishes, the user is unable to anything else.

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February 12, 2012 at 07:36:44
IN that case I would contact the vendor of the application and explain the problem to them. It maybe that they can adjust the thread scheduling to take some pressure of the CPUs.

As Lmillar says, it is the OS that controls memory allocation but it is the application that requests memory in the first place. Possibly the applications memory requests could be tweaked not to be so aggressive in its demands.

Either way there is not much the user can do about it.

I assume these are 64 bit CPUs


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