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Sizing workflow memory usage

Alteryx Certified Partner
Alteryx Certified Partner

Hello community,


I'm having a hard time sizing the Alteryx memory usage for a specific workflow in which is going to have 2B lines of data being prepared everyday.


I have seen everything in community talking about the sort/join memory utilization, but I would like to know if there is a way of estimating the peak memory usage in a workflow. 


For testing, I've created a simple workflow as attached in order to understand the memory usage of Alteryx engine from the task manager but wasn't able to conclude anything. I know the memory usage may be related to the complexity of the workflow, but I would like to understand if there is any simple rule for it.


Are there any guidelines?


Thanks everyone.

Fernando Vizcaino

Alteryx Certified Partner
Alteryx Certified Partner

I'm not aware of a good way to estimate peak memory usage other than testing.The Alteryx engine will dynamically allocate memory and even overflow to disk disk space as virtual memory as necessary. The system/user settings only specify the starting quantity and the engine will manage it from there. 


It sounds like you've been doing your homework on memory usage. I would just suggest to keep your eye on any "blocking tools" from Tara's Periodic Table of Alteryx Tools: