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Re: VARRAY, memory & extracting subarrays

You've probably thought about this, but it appears that your images
array is a stack of images (a 3-D array) - if you can get away with
processing a single image at a time, or extracting a subsection of
each image in succession, you can always use the ASSOC command to
set up an associated variable. This is very handy when you are working
with a huge number of individual images. For example, let's say
you had 20 images of size 500 x 600:

images = fltarr(500,600,20)

and you wanted to make a sub=array of (100:300, 200:400, 11:14) of
this hunk. You could do:



for i=11,14 do begin

THis way, you never need to have the entire large image cube in
memory at a given time.

I do this all the time for sequences of astronomical images which
are stored in time order in an image cube. For your application, it
may or may not be a time-saver.

Hope this helps,

Dick French