virtual memory


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virtual memory

n.
Memory, often as simulated on a hard disk, that emulates RAM, allowing an application to operate as though the computer had more memory than it actually does.
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Noun1.virtual memory - (computer science) memory created by using the hard disk to simulate additional random-access memoryvirtual memory - (computer science) memory created by using the hard disk to simulate additional random-access memory; the addressable storage space available to the user of a computer system in which virtual addresses are mapped into real addresses
computer memory, computer storage, memory board, store, memory, storage - an electronic memory device; "a memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached"
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
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By default, Windows sets the maximum size to three times the amount of RAM, but for this expansion of virtual memory, it is recommended that you increase this amount to four times the amount of RAM).
When you create a process, such as running a program, on an x86 Windows computer with a 32-b processor, the operating system allocates its 4 GB of virtual memory, irrespective of the actual physical memory installed on a system.
Another upgrade that facilitates memory-hungry advanced features is an expansion of virtual memory up to 96 MB.
Applications like The Panorama Factory are typically restricted by 32-bit architectures that limit the amount of virtual memory available.
2: the virtual memory system is entirely new, support for multiprocessor systems is improved, and whole new classes of hardware devices have been added.
Memory management expects its virtual memory to be consistent in size and persistent in availability.
If you do succeed in destroying the files you meant to, the data they contained may still exist in more places on the drive, such as in the cache, backup or temporary files, a swap file, virtual memory, the print spooler, thumbnail versions of graphics, preview versions of print documents, temporary Internet browser directory, or in any number of alternative file views.
This hypothesis was tested by using four different types of algorithms to sort arrays of integers and by collecting data on the time, memory, and virtual memory needed to sort different arrays of integers.
The basic unit costs $199, but get a second controller (prices vary) and a Virtual Memory Unit, a cigarette-pack-sized gadget for about $25 that saves game progress, can play little stand-alone games and even tells you the time.

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