virtual memory


Definition of virtual memory

: a section of a hard drive that can be used as if it were an extension of a computer's random-access memory

called also virtual storage

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This was because Apple wanted to give 32-bit applications access to the full 4GB of virtual memory, rather than splitting that 4GB between the program and the kernel. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it," 5 Jan. 2018 This attacker code can disclose the PSP's secrets, undermining the integrity of the firmware TPM, AMD's encrypted virtual memory, and various other platform features. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "AMD promises firmware fixes for security processor bugs," 20 Mar. 2018 Accordingly, modern operating systems all depend on a broad concept called virtual memory. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "What’s behind the Intel design flaw forcing numerous patches?," 3 Jan. 2018 On top of that, Photoshop uses 6MB of RAM, meaning that IIsi owners that haven't upgraded from their original 5MB total (or less) may need to use virtual memory. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 Windows, Linux, and macOS have all received security patches that significantly alter how the operating systems handle virtual memory in order to protect against a hitherto undisclosed flaw. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "“Meltdown” and “Spectre”: Every modern processor has unfixable security flaws," 4 Jan. 2018 The use of virtual memory gives us a number of useful features beyond the simplicity of addressing. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "What’s behind the Intel design flaw forcing numerous patches?," 3 Jan. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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