Memory usage

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Mac' started by furfurfur, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. furfurfur

    furfurfur

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    Hi All

    Just wanted to share something I'm noticing - it seems that Parallels uses rather a lot of RAM. I have just 256MB allocated to my Windows VM but Parallels seems to be eating up most of the 1GB RAM on my system. It's sluggish and I think it's swapping, from monitoring the "top" command in a Terminal:

    SharedLibs: num = 192, resident = 24.3M code, 3.40M data, 4.19M LinkEdit
    MemRegions: num = 16288, resident = 193M + 9.53M private, 394M shared
    PhysMem: 485M wired, 318M active, 190M inactive, 994M used, 10.7M free
    VM: 12.8G + 122M 634463(3) pageins, 289452(0) pageouts

    PID COMMAND %CPU TIME #TH #PRTS #MREGS RPRVT RSHRD RSIZE VSIZE
    1220 mdimport 0.0% 0:00.31 6 72 125 1.23M 2.56M 4.00M 60.6M
    1204 top 9.5% 0:11.7% 1:11.309 19 19672K 380K6K .1428K 1.07M 58.1M
    1100 Parallels 0.0% 0:00.00 1 8 82 0K 6.61M 304K 75.7M
    1099 Parallels 43.2% 15:30.46 14 149 378 46.1M 305M 297M+ 1007M

    Now I admit I don't know much about memory management but does the above mean that the Parallels process is using 1007M of "memory" (combined swap and memory) ?

    This would explain why there's no RAM left for doing anything else :)

    Cheers,

    James
     
  2. PTWithy

    PTWithy

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    > PhysMem: 485M wired,

    This is bad. I have the same experience. Taking half your memory and wiring it means that 1/2 your memory can't be used for your other apps. Also, quitting Parallels does not return that wired memory. That sounds like a leak to me. The only way I have found to get my memory back is to reboot.
     
  3. joem

    joem

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    Why do you need to post to so many threads about this? One would be enough. The rest represent time wasting clutter and will not get you better answers, but will annoy the volunteers who might be able to help you (or explain why you aren't going to get what you think you want).
     
  4. pastrychef

    pastrychef

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    I experience high memory usage from Parallels Desktop as well. I am forced to do a reboot about once a week.
     
  5. PTWithy

    PTWithy

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