RE: 19990929: Write/Read of 2D pages

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lyn Greenhill [mailto:lyng@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 1999 10:48 AM
> To: John Caron
> Subject: RE: 19990929: Write/Read of 2D pages
> At 04:36 PM 10/5/99 -0600, you wrote:
> >
> >I looked quickly at the Jama docs. The approach that occurs
> to me (that
> >you are probably referring to) is:
> >
> >   reading from netcdf:
> >     MultiArray ma = netcdfVar.copyout(new int[] {pageno, 0, 0},
> >                                                 new int[]
> {1, nx, ny});
> >     double [] vals = (double []) ma.toArray();
> >     Matrix(double[] vals, int nx); // nx or ny ??
> >
> >   writing to netcdf:
> >      double[] vals = matrix.getColumnPackedCopy();
> >     MultiArray ma = new MultiArrayImpl(new int[] {1, nx, ny}, vals);
> >     netcdfVar.copyin(new int[] {pageno, 0, 0}, ma);
> >
> >this might be significantly faster.
> >note im not sure if Matrix wants nx or ny; part of this confusion is
> >that it wants a Fortran column-major 1D array.  In any case, this
> >shouldnt be a problem - just switch the meaning of nx and ny
> if need be.
> If all I was doing is read/write from the netCDF to a Matrix,
> your code
> above would work fine.  In fact, I like how you've used
> toArray() and I
> will probably switch what I'm doing to this procedure.
> However, we're doing something a little more involved.  We
> are actually
> writing/reading 2 separate netCDF files.  The "lower" level one is the
> combination of potentially many 2D pages for various
> calculation arrays.
> These files are scratch files and are deleted at the end of a
> session.  The
> "upper" level file is the one that is saved, and is used to
> collect all the
> calculation results for a restore.  In this save file, we read in the
> various 2D blocks and then write out the pseudo 3D arrays.
> To restore, we
> read in the 3D arrays and write out the 2D blocks.
> Now you may comment as to why we don't just use the save file
> to read/write
> the 2D blocks, and the answer is that the user may make
> several different
> runs prior to actually wanting to save anything, so we want
> to keep the two
> file streams separate.
> Just so you get an idea as to what we're doing, I attaching
> the clipped
> source code for the write/read of these 2D blocks in the
> upper level file
> (code snippets.txt).  I'm also sending you the entire source
> of the class
> that creates and manages the scratch files (
>  This file is
> not very long.  The full class that reads/writes the save
> file is pretty
> long, I won't send you all of that.
> >in terms of netcdf efficiency, just remember that disk
> reading is done
> >when you copyin/copyout; your cost is in units of disk
> blocks (typically
> >4K), and contiguous data will reduce the number of disk
> blocks. So if nx
> >x ny is reasonably large, this page oriented access seems
> not too bad.
> I implemented the looping by page, reading a 2D block and
> writing it to the
> save file the other evening.  The source code I'm attaching
> has this latest
> method.  I did find that if I used the matrix.get() method,
> rather than
> matrix.getArray(), the performance was glacial.  So that's
> why you see the
> dummy 2D array being used.  With the current method, the time
> required to
> write the save file is just as fast as creating a large 3D array and
> writing it all at once.  The 2D approach is not memory bound
> either, so
> that's what we want to use in our production code.
> I'm pretty sure I understand what is going on with this
> package now, but I
> certainly appreciate your comments and advice.

sounds good; good luck on your project

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