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Re: IDL Memory Management
Craig Markwardt (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
> Windows used to have a non-linear addressing model when physical
> system memory was scarce. Memory was allocated in chunks which could
> be moved around by the Windows as needed, thus alleviating the above
> fragmentation problem. I think however that more recent versions of
> Windows have accepted the linear "Unix" model of memory architecture
> that I have described.
As I understand it, the compiler used for the Windows versions
of IDL *can* return process memory back to the OS. But it is
the only one to do so. It is not a feature, apparently, of
UNIX, Mac, and VMS compilers, which rely on Malloc and Free
for dynamic memory allocation.
David Fanning, Ph.D.
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