consider using malloc_trim after regrid to return memory to the OS

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Roland Haas created an issue

Memory usage in an AMR run can be quite uneven between MPI ranks and also tends to peak during a regrid. See #2194 for a case study. The growth in RSS can eventually lead to OOM situations as memory is not returned to the OS for use by other processes. Using the (GNU extension) malloc_trim can help make the malloc code return memory to the OS. Since this somewhat slows down future malloc calls, since a new allocation will require a round trip to the kernel, this should not done after every single free call but likely only after a regrid which entails a temporary spike in memory usage. Possible also after IO if the memory used to send data to rank 0 for writing becomes an issue (see #1853).

Similar effects to calling malloc_trim can be achieved by setting env variables as mentioned in #2194.

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