Ralph Shnelvar wrote:
> Newbie here:
> 
> I will want/need to create an array of approximately 300K rows and 20
> columns. The array will be an array of either 32-bit quantities or 
> 64-bit quantities.
>

Dude, you want a database.  There's little reason in any language to 
have an array that big.

> Does Ruby support native 64-bit quantities?

I'm not sure, but with transparent Bignum support, it doesn't matter 
that much.

> 
> What's a good/best way to to create such an array. Is there a way to
> tell Ruby, "OK, I'm done with this array."
> 
> Can one create such an array such that the garbage collector can
> free the memory in one fast operation?

The answer to both questions: as far as I know, it will be deallocated 
when it goes out of scope.

> 
> Ralph

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