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ERROR: Resource allocation failure.

Hi

We have a Windows 7 PC running base SAS9.3 which is intermittantly printing the following error to the log - "ERROR: Resource allocation failure".

 

So far as I can tell the machine has plently of memory etc.   and the messge occurs on both large queries and small ones.  Has anyone encountered this before?

 

Thanks

RB

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Re: ERROR: Resource allocation failure.

Hello @RB1Kenobi,

 

it looks to me as you have some memory settings on your SAS configuration (sasv9.cfg) that has been changed or do not comply to your actual RAM resources on your PC.

 

Please let us know: 

 

- Your total and free amounts or RAM on your PC

- If you run the following code in your SAS session, what do you get?

proc options group=memory;
run;
proc options group=performance;
run;

- And, if you go to your sasv9.cfg (SASHome/SASFoundation/9.3/nls/*/sasv9.cfg) what is the content of MEMSIZE and SORTSIZE?

 

Thank you in advance,

Best regards,

Juan 

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Re: ERROR: Resource allocation failure.

Hi Thanks for your response, the info is below:

 

- Your total and free amounts or RAM on your PC      8.00 GB (7.90 GB Usable)

- From the config file:

      -  MEMSIZE 2G

       - SORTSIZE 256M

 

 

- From the PROC OPTIONS log:

 

 

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2     proc options group=memory;

3     run;

 

    SAS (r) Proprietary Software Release 9.3  TS1M2

 

 

Group=MEMORY

SORTSIZE=268435456

                   Size parameter for sort

SUMSIZE=0         Upper limit for data-dependent memory usage during summarization

MAXMEMQUERY=0     Maximum amount of memory returned when inquiring as to available space

MEMBLKSZ=16777216 Size of memory blocks allocated to support MEMLIB and MEMCACHE options.

MEMMAXSZ=2147483648

                   Maximum amount of memory allocated to support MEMLIB and MEMCACHE options.

LOADMEMSIZE=0     Suggested memory limit for loaded SAS executables

MEMSIZE=2147483648

                   Specifies the limit on the total amount of memory to be used by the SAS System

REALMEMSIZE=0     Limit on the total amount of real memory to be used by the SAS System

NOTE: PROCEDURE OPTIONS used (Total process time):

      real time           0.03 seconds

      user cpu time       0.00 seconds

      system cpu time     0.00 seconds

      memory              42.30k

      OS Memory           6256.00k

      Timestamp           07/03/2017 08:13:11 o'clock

 

 

4     proc options group=performance;

5     run;

 

    SAS (r) Proprietary Software Release 9.3  TS1M2

 

 

Group=PERFORMANCE

ARMAGENT=         ARM Agent to use to collect ARM records

ARMLOC=ARMLOG.LOG Identify location where ARM records are to be written

ARMSUBSYS=(ARM_NONE)

                   Enable/Disable ARMing of SAS subsystems

BUFNO=1           Number of buffers for each SAS data set

BUFSIZE=0         Size of buffer for page of SAS data set

CGOPTIMIZE=3      Control code generation optimization

CMPMODEL=BOTH     Identify CMP model storage type

CMPOPT=(NOEXTRAMATH NOMISSCHECK NOPRECISE NOGUARDCHECK NOGENSYMNAMES NOFUNCDIFFERENCING)

                   Enable SAS compiler performance optimizations

COMPRESS=YES      Specifies whether to compress observations in output SAS data sets

CPUCOUNT=4        Number of processors available.

NODBIDIRECTEXEC   Do not use SQL optimization with SAS/ACCESS engines

DBSLICEPARM=(THREADED_APPS, 2)

                   Alter DBMS engine threaded read behavior by expanding or disallowing threaded reads.

MAXSEGRATIO=75    SPD Engine pre-evaluation phase time ratio

MEXECSIZE=65536   Maximum size for a macro to execute in memory

MINPARTSIZE=16777216

                   Minimum partition size when creating SPD Engine files

SORTSIZE=268435456

                   Size parameter for sort

SPDEINDEXSORTSIZE=33554432

                   Identifies memory to be used for SPD Engine asynchronous index create or append

SPDEMAXTHREADS=0  Maximum number of threads for SPD Engine processing

SPDESORTSIZE=33554432

                   Memory for SPD Engine sort operations

SPDEUTILLOC=      Location where SPD Engine temporary utility files are created

SPDEWHEVAL=COST   Specifies SPD Engine WHERE statement evaluation strategy

SQLGENERATION=(NONE DBMS='TERADATA DB2 ORACLE NETEZZA ASTER GREENPLM')

                   Identify when to perform SQL generation for SAS Procedure input processing

SQLREDUCEPUT=DBMS PROC SQL optimization for put() functions

SQLREDUCEPUTOBS=0 PROC SQL optimization for put() functions observation threshold

SQLREDUCEPUTVALUES=0

                   PROC SQL optimization for put() functions value threshold

THREADS           Threads are available for use with features of the SAS System that support threading

MEMSIZE=2147483648

                   Specifies the limit on the total amount of memory to be used by the SAS System

NOTE: PROCEDURE OPTIONS used (Total process time):

      real time           0.03 seconds

      user cpu time       0.01 seconds

      system cpu time     0.01 seconds

      memory              18.12k

      OS Memory           6512.00k

      Timestamp           07/03/2017 08:13:11 o'clock

 

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Re: ERROR: Resource allocation failure.

Hello @RB1Kenobi,

 

you are welcome.

 

Could it be that you get the errors when you run sort procedures?

 

Try changing the first values by:

- MEMSIZE 4G
- SORTSIZE 1G

Once you do, please generate the same proc options with performance and memory, as before, and let us know if you get similar errors.

 

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Re: ERROR: Resource allocation failure.

Hi thanks for the idea.  We tried it but unfortunately the outcome was unchanged and the "out of resources" message persists.

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Re: ERROR: Resource allocation failure.

I am no sure on how to help you further, sorry. Did you tried already to contact SAS Technical Support?

Contributor
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Re: ERROR: Resource allocation failure.

Yes SAS tech support are now on the case (their first suggestion was the same as yours!).

Thanks again,

RB

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Re: ERROR: Resource allocation failure.

It is a pleasure, although a pity that my knowledge does not reach enough level to help you further.

 

Great that now you are in contact with the Technical Support guys, I am sure they will give you the solution you need. COuld you please share the solution with us? I would love to learn from it

Contributor
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Re: ERROR: Resource allocation failure.

I'm afraid we've drawn a blank, it appears to be an issue with the PC itself, as it does not replicate when the user tries a different one.
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