data structure


Definition of data structure

: any of various methods or formats (such as an array, file, or record) for organizing data in a computer

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Recent Examples on the Web When needed, shaders can use GeometryIndex() to index into the app's own data structures. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "DirectX 12 Ultimate brings Xbox Series X features to PC gaming," 19 Mar. 2020 Other data structures in the processor, such as the branch predictor, can also be probed and have their performance measured, which can similarly be used to reveal sensitive information. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "“Meltdown” and “Spectre”: Every modern processor has unfixable security flaws," 4 Jan. 2018 Spectre 2 relied on a part called the Branch Target Buffer (BTB)—the data structure within the processor that records the branch target. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "As predicted, more branch prediction processor attacks are discovered," 26 Mar. 2018 As a defense in-depth measure, WebKit has also started using obfuscated memory addresses in certain data structures. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Here’s how, and why, the Spectre and Meltdown patches will hurt performance," 11 Jan. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Data structure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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