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 has 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).
And it takes advantage of the Dreamcast's Virtual Memory Unit (about $50) to allow you to secretly choose plays and defenses.
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During the trials, which took place at IBM's Poughkeepsie, New York test center, Adabas 2006's enhanced level of 64-bit virtual memory was used in combination with z/OS V1.
According to AMD's Opteron documentation, the new processor's 40-bit physical and 48-bit virtual addressing remove this limitation, permitting up to 1 Terabyte of physical memory space and 256TB of virtual memory addressing space.
Together, these cutting-edge systems from ATI and AMD support applications that require massive amounts of physical and virtual memory, such as database management solutions.
Panzer played the Dreamcast without benefit of its $25 virtual memory unit, which stores progress and allows you to play mini-games separately.
Increasing virtual memory settings can also enhance system performance.

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