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Re: st: AW: Reclaiming RAM. . .


From   Neil Shephard <nshephard@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: AW: Reclaiming RAM. . .
Date   Tue, 10 Nov 2009 09:36:45 +0000

This article might be worth reading...

http://www.hardcoreware.net/windows-vistas-memory-management-is-a-little-different-from-xp/

I've not read it all, but it sounds very much how RAM Linux kernel,
that is when a program finishes actively using the RAM it doesn't
automatically free it up for the system to display as free and
available.  Instead it quietly sits there using up the RAM until the
system realises it actually needs the more RAM free at which point it
will scrub it out and use it for whatever new application is
requesting it.  This is generally a good thing as it means that should
you need to go back to the application that is sitting there doing
nothing, its already in RAM and accessed a lot quicker.

Neil

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