Slow performance of snap for TOPS ALL swath ifg

I tried to do interferometry for a full swath of a TOPSAR pair. I used the standard graph provided with installation and just added enhanced-spectral-diversity after back-geocoing and before interferogram formation into the graph. The processing is fine, and the result looks good but the processing took a lot of time and was finished after a few days even in our good server. The same pair was processed by Gamma or SARscape in about an hour. I wonder if anybody knows a solution for this problem? Is it a problem of SNAP program for processing full-swath interferogram? Is there any way to make the processing much faster? For a burst processing of a single swath using SNAP I did not have such a problem

With kind regards

Mahdi Motagh

I faced a similar issues long time ago. Look at @marpet’s answer here below :

Dear Mahdi,

You can also check if the -Xmx variable is set and lets SNAP use an ideal amount of RAM:

Some users reported (for large processing clusters) that using 60% of the available RAM (instead of 75%) resulted in faster processing actually (at least reported here).

Generally, I believe this is related to the memory management of larger graphs which makes long processing chains slow, at least this is what is reported here Problems obtaining an interferogram from two product sets and here Coregistrating more than two Sentinel-1 SLC IW products
Of course, this is makes them quite ineffective, because they don’t save a lot of time.

If you are working on linux you could as well create a shell script which uses gpt and writes intermediate products (memory is then released), such as here: (1.0 KB) This is for the preprocessing of a Sentinel-1 product to terrain-corrected Gamma0, but creating an inteferogram should work as well and you can delete intermediate products within the same graph.
Not very elegant and just a work-around.

Thank you for the hint. I will try it

Dear Andreas,
Thank you for the detailed answer. I will try the options that you suggested
All the best

Dear Mahdi,
you are very welcome. You patiently introduced me to the world of PSI/SBAS with StaMPS a couple of years ago, so I am happy if I can offer some help in here in return.

Slow performance of “complex” graphs is quite an issue if running on cloud instances. With a 4 vCPU and 16 GB RAM VM, I can’t even get beyond the TOPSAR-Split - Calib - TOPSAR-Deburst - TOPSAR-Merge stage (as part of HAAlpha processing). Typically crashes out of memory after some 20% of processing (10 mins). If you htop the process, it seems that it simply continues stuffing everything in memory. Also, it looks the more steps you include in the graph, the worst parallel-CPU use becomes, with most of the processing done by 1 or 2 processors only. This looks a lot like software design issues, but I could be mistaken :slight_smile:

I am switching to step-wise processing with intermediate storage for now. Getting larger VMs would be an option, but prices scale quickly with more exotic configs. Disk space is less costly.