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Old 10-06-2005
virtual memory

can anyone explain me what virtual memory is ( for which we use vmstat commande line ) comparing with RAM ?
many thanks before.
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Old 10-06-2005
Virtual memory: The use of a disk partition or a file on disk to provide the same facilities usually provided by RAM. A way of using disk storage space to make the computer work as if it had more memory. When a file or program is too big for the computer to work with in its memory, part of the data is stored on disk. This virtual storage is divided into segments called pages; each page is correlated with a location in physical memory, or RAM. When an address is referenced, the page is swapped into memory; it is sent back to disk when other pages must be called. The program runs as if all the data is in memory.

RAM: Random Access Memory. The working memory of the computer. RAM is the memory used for storing data temporarily while working on it, running application programs, etc. "Random access" refers to the fact that any area of RAM can be accessed directly and immediately, in contrast to other media such as a magnetic tape where the tape must be wound to the point where the data is. RAM is called volatile memory; information in RAM will disappear if the power is switched off before it is saved to disk.
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Many thanks.

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