Re: [Rd] [R] aligned memory allocation in C

From: Christophe Dutang <>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 22:46:03 +0200


You are completely right, the problem was not about what R_alloc returned but my use of the fill_array32. Now it works fine, but the block generation is longer due to a conversion to double after using fill_array32. I must underline the fact that I do not yet use sse2 support.

Thanks again


Le 13 août 08 à 14:30, Luke Tierney a écrit :

> On Wed, 13 Aug 2008, Christophe Dutang1 wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm currently R porting SF Mersenne Twister algorithm of Matsumoto
>> and Saito. To get the full power of their code, I want to use their
>> fonction fill_array32 which need aligned memory. That is to say I
>> need to use the C function memalign on windows, posix_memalign on
>> linux and classic malloc on Mac OS. In 'writing R extenstion', they
>> recommand to use R_alloc function to allocate memory in C.
>> Does R_alloc return a pointer to aligned memory?
>> if not how can I do this?
>> probably no, because R crashes when I succesively R_alloc and
>> fill_array32 (cf below) on my macbook with R 2.7.1.
> R_alloc's alignment will be appropriate for holding any data type. It
> will be offset from a value returned by malloc by a multiple of 8
> bytes.
> My recollection, which may be wrong, is that on both Intel and PPC
> unaligned access to all basic data types is permitted but may be
> inefficient (in particular on Intel), so the reason for your crash is
> probably elsewhere.
> Best,
> luke
>> Thanks in advance
>> Kind regards
>> Christophe
>> PS :
>> provides an example of memalign.
>> PPS : mac os report
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