Gauss Crash

Hi, there.

My Gauss crashes when solving constrained optimization. When it crashed, there is a small window saying "gauss.exe has stopped working" "A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available".

What might cause this?



3 Answers


The most common cause for this is assigning to a global variable inside of the function that you pass to a procedure like COMT which will call your function from multiple threads.


Can you elaborate? What is 'COMT'?

One thing I forgot to mention in previous post is that the memory increases fast before Gauss crashes.



COMT is the main constrained optimization procedure from the COMT Application Module. Let's create a simplified example. In this example below, the user creates a procedure named userProcedure. Inside of userProcedure a global variable named last_x is assigned to. A pointer to the procedure, userProcedure is passed in to GAUSSProc. Inside of GAUSSProc, userProcedure is called by two separate threads at the same time.

There are a few variations on this theme, but it is the cause in the vast majority of cases.

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//Global 'last_x' to keep track of last 'x' value
last_x = 0; 

//Start values for userProcedure
x_start = { 0, 1.57, 3.14, 4.71 };

proc (1) = userProcedure(x);
    //assign to global 'last_x'
    //If this happens in more than one
    //thread, it will cause a crash
    last_x = x;

proc (1) = GAUSSProc(fp, x);
    local out, out_1, out_2, fp:proc;

    //Calls 'userProcedure' from two separate threads
    threadStat out_1 = fp(x);
    threadStat out_2 = fp(x);
    out = out_1 + out_2;

function_pointer = &userProcedure;

ret = GAUSSProc(function_pointer, x_start);

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