virtual memory

noun

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

Examples of virtual memory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Memory doesn’t actually go up to 18GB, but Nubia says in the press release the phones feature a RAM Boost memory compression technology that expands virtual memory so that 12GB of RAM is used like 18GB of RAM. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 4 Mar. 2021 In the meantime, the Playwrights' Center is honoring her with a virtual memory page. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 23 Feb. 2021 Osment appeared on Cyrus' Instagram Live show, BRIGHT MINDED: Live With Miley, and the pair took a trip down virtual memory lane. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 24 Mar. 2020 In short, the mitigation worked by isolating virtual memory page tables of user-mode threads from kernel memory. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 11 Nov. 2019 Petabytes of RAM Sunny Cove also makes the first major change to x64 virtual memory support since AMD introduced its x86-64 64-bit extension to x86 in 2003. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2018 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, 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, 20 Mar. 2018 Accordingly, modern operating systems all depend on a broad concept called virtual memory. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of virtual memory

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Virtual memory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virtual%20memory. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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