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Virtual Memory

Virtual Memory

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Published by Paul Cockshott

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Published by: Paul Cockshott on Mar 30, 2012
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Virtual Memory
Invented on Manchester atlas 1962
It embodied many pioneering features, which we nowtake for granted. These include system features suchas, Timesharing of several concurrent computing andperipheral operations, Multiprogramming, and theOne-Level Store (Virtual Store).
Design features included, High-speed arithmetic,Asynchronous control, interleaved stores, paging,Fixed store (ROM), and autonomous transfer units.
These both required and enabled Softwaredevelopments such as the Supervisor (OperatingSystem), the Compiler-Compiler and High levellanguages.
Reason was economic
Two technologies were available Magneticcores and Magnetic drums
The economics of the available storetechnology was quite simple. One bit of Magnetic Core store cost three shillingswhilst one bit of magnetic drum store costsix pennies. Core was six times moreexpensive than drum.
Therefore the main storage was acombination of the two technologies.

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