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Hey all, I've been programming part of a project that performs simulations in Java lately, and one of the things we've implemented lately is a feature to save the state of the simulation at various points in time, due to the amount of time it takes to run any given simulation. I have replaced a Vector object in the engine with a new class I made that is intended to reduce memory usage by swapping out portions to disk. However, it seems that with this new class, if I try to load a state file of the engine, the resumed simulation will be using a lot more memory than if I had let the engine run continuously..this was not a problem before replacing the Vector class. I figure it may have something to do with the object serialization/deserialization code but I'm not sure what.., so I'm going to go ahead and post that here. However, if anyone knows any general reasons why object deserialization in Java can eat up a lot of memory, please let me know. EDIT: If anyone thinks seeing the rest of class's code would help, please let me know.
	private void writeObject(ObjectOutputStream out) throws IOException
	{
		//save statics
		out.defaultWriteObject();
		out.writeInt(globalInstanceCount);
		out.writeObject(tmpPath);
		//load all the pma files we created and write them as well
		for (long i = (totalRemovedSize/ elementsInMemory) + 2; i <= ((totalAddedSize-1)/elementsInMemory) - 1; i++) {
			String filename = tmpPath + "arrayInst" + currentInstanceCount + "_tmpNum" + i + ".pma";
			out.writeObject(readArrayFromFile(filename));
		}
			
	}
	
	private void readObject(ObjectInputStream in) throws IOException, ClassNotFoundException
	{
		in.defaultReadObject();
		//restore statics
		globalInstanceCount = in.readInt();
		tmpPath = (String)in.readObject();
		for (long i = (totalRemovedSize/ elementsInMemory) + 2; i <= ((totalAddedSize-1)/elementsInMemory) - 1; i++) {
			String filename = tmpPath + "arrayInst" + currentInstanceCount + "_tmpNum" + i + ".pma";
			//PacketArray writeArray = (PacketArray)in.readObject();
			//writeArrayToFile(writeArray, filename);
			writeArrayToFile((PacketArray)in.readObject(), filename);
		}
	}
	
	private PacketArray  readArrayFromFile(String filename) {
		PacketArray returnArray = null;
		
		try {
			FileInputStream in = new FileInputStream(filename);
			ObjectInputStream s = new ObjectInputStream(in);
			returnArray = (PacketArray)s.readObject();
		} catch (FileNotFoundException e)	{
			System.err.println("FileNotFoundException: " + e.getMessage());
			System.err.println("Cannot load file, aborting...");
			System.exit(0);
		} catch (IOException e) {
			System.err.println("IOException: " + e.getMessage());
			System.err.println("Aborting...");
			System.exit(0);
		} catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {
			System.err.println("ClassNotFoundException: " + e.getMessage());
			System.err.println("Aborting...");
			System.exit(0);
	  	}
		if (returnArray == null) {
			System.err.println("Null array...this shouldn't happen.");
		}
		return returnArray;
	}
	
	private void  writeArrayToFile(PacketArray packetArray, String filename) {
		try {
			FileOutputStream out = new FileOutputStream(filename);
			ObjectOutputStream s = new ObjectOutputStream(out);
			s.writeObject(packetArray);
			s.flush();
			s.close();
			out.close();
		} catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
			System.err.println("FileNotFoundException: " + e.getMessage());
		} catch (IOException e) {
			System.err.println("IOException: " + e.getMessage());
		}
	}
[Edited by - arkmaster on June 13, 2006 9:57:16 AM]

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