GAMAP tips and tricks
Combining output from timeseries files
Ray Nassar (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
- I just have a quick question, is there any GAMAP routine that can average all hourly data blocks in a timeseries file to make a single daily average bpch file?
- It appears like I could use the average option of ctm_sum.pro but I do not quite understand where the averaged data goes and afterwards would still have to write to bpch.
Philippe Le Sager (email@example.com) replied:
- Check the
- routines, which combines daily bpch files (nd48 & nd49 output, but also met field input files) into 4D data blocks. It has many options. You can extract a subset of data according to time and/or location, or process the data (moving average, daily max, shift to local time). You can either save the data into a new bpch file or just get an array of data in output.
- I wrote a tutorial that gives some pointers here.
- I notice that only gc_combine_nd48.pro has an option to get daily average. If you need that option for gc_combine_nd49.pro, let me know I can implement it.
--Bob Yantosca 09:43, 1 April 2008 (EDT)
Memory management and CTM_MAKE_DATAINFO
When using CTM_MAKE_DATAINFO, you create few pointers and allocate memory to pointed data. Three scenarios to free that memory are possible.
(1) By default, GAMAP keeps track of the pointers in a global structure, and you can clean up the memory by calling CTM_CLEANUP (with or without the keyword /NO_GC):
ctm_make_datainfo(data, ...) CTM_WriteBpch, DataInfo, FileInfo, FileName=file ctm_cleanup
(2) If you use the keyword /NO_GLOBAL when calling CTM_MAKE_DATAINFO, the story is a little bit more subtle. Now, GAMAP has no idea of the created pointers. If you use CTM_CLEANUP without the keyword /NO_GC, everything is clean up because there is a call to heap_gc. But you are also loosing **all other** pointers and objects.
ctm_make_datainfo(data, ..., /No_global) CTM_WriteBpch, DataInfo, FileInfo, FileName=file ctm_cleanup
Note if you do not call ctm_cleanup or call it with /No_GC, then the memory allocated by CTM_MAKE_DATAINFO is still allocated and the pointers that refers to it are alive... until you exit the routine (unless they are passed back). Once you are out of the routine, this memory remains allocated but is useless since unaccessible, in other words you have memory leak.
(3) So, if you want to keep some objects and/or pointers alive in your code (i.e., you do not want to call heap_gc or ctm_cleanup,/no_gc), you need to free only the created pointers as follows:
ctm_make_datainfo(data, datainfo, fileinfo, ..., /No_global) CTM_WriteBpch, DataInfo, FileInfo, FileName=file ptr_free, DataInfo.data ptr_free, fileinfo.gridinfo
To free only the heap memory created by multiple calls to CTM_MAKE_DATAINFO, the procedure is:
for D=0L, NTracers-1L do begin Success = CTM_Make_DataInfo( Data[*,*,D], DataInfo, FileInfo, ..., /No_Global ) ArrDataInfo = D eq 0l ? [ DataInfo ] : [ ArrDataInfo, DataInfo ] if D ne Ntracers-1l then ptr_free, Fileinfo.gridinfo endfor CTM_WriteBpch, ArrDataInfo, FileInfo, FileName=OutFileName for d=0, n_elements(ArrDataInfo)-1l do ptr_free, ArrDataInfo[d].data ptr_free, fileinfo.gridinfo
--Philippe Le Sager 10:28, 13 February 2008