Modern Memory Management

Posted by tuxchick on Oct 31, 2005 1:37 AM EDT; By Howard Feldman
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Despite this enormous increase in memory capacity, many of the problems that exist on today's machines are the same as those of their early predecessors--namely, running out of memory.

This article, the first in the series, discusses the Unix dynamic memory allocation system along with the concept of memory segmentation. It also reviews the utilities top and ulimit, giving special attention to their role in memory management. Memory management is an important concept to grasp regardless of which programming language you use. You must be most careful with C, where you control all memory allocation and freeing. Languages such as C++, Java, Perl, and PHP take care of a lot of the housekeeping automatically. Nevertheless, all of these languages and others can allocate memory dynamically, and thus the following discussion applies to them all

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