n is an integer in the range 256—2,147,483,647 (KB), or -1. The default value is -1.
bbsiz is the maximum memory allocation permitted for a process (in kilobytes). This amount of process private memory is used for symbol table allocation and various other memory requirements, including I/O devices. It is allocated in increasing extents as required by the application until the maximum is reached.
Once this memory is allocated to the process, it is generally not deallocated until the process exits. However, when a large amount of memory is used (for example greater than 32MB) and then freed, InterSystems IRIS® data platform attempts to release deallocated memory back to the operating system where possible.
Setting bbsiz to -1 is the same as setting it to its maximum value. In effect, this means there is no maximum memory a process can use.
Changing This Parameter
On the Memory and Startup page of the Management Portal (System Administration > Configuration > System Configuration > Memory and Startup), enter a number of kilobytes in the Maximum Per-Process Memory (KB) row.
Instead of using the Management Portal, you can change bbsiz in the Config.config class (as described in the class reference) or by editing the CPF in a text editor (as described in the Editing the Active CPF section of the “Introduction to the Configuration Parameter File” chapter in this book).
When you edit this setting, the updated value applies for all new processes.