[gclist] Fragmentation terminology
Thu, 15 May 1997 14:41:46 +0200
|| From: Nick Barnes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|| Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 16:27:30 +0100
|| Subject: [gclist] Fragmentation terminology
|| Fragmentation is when an allocator cannot satisfy a request [without
|| going to the OS for more memory] despite there being sufficient unused
Picking nits (since you are discussing terminology): in OS circles, we call
fragmentation the fact that there are unused/unusable holes in the memory
allocation. So there are degrees of fragmentation; e.g. it makes sense to say
"a bit of fragmentation doesn't hurt", "this disk is severely fragmented".
Under your definition these sentences would not make sense.