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Unformatted text preview: e total amount of DRAM in the system) to the corresponding set of contiguous physical pages. This provides the kernel with a convenient way to access any specific location in physical memory, for example, when it needs to perform memory-mapped I/O operations on devices that are mapped to particular physical memory locations. Other regions of kernel virtual memory contain data that differs for each process. Examples include page tables, the stack that the kernel uses when it is executing code in the context of the process, and various data structures that keep track of the current organization of the virtual address space. Linux Virtual Memory Areas Linux organizes the virtual memory as a collection of areas (also called segments). An area is a contiguous chunk of existing (allocated) virtual memory whose pages are related in some way. For example, the code 514 process-specific data structures (e.g., page tables, task and mm structs, kernel stack) physical memory kernel code and data 0xc0000000 %esp user stack CH...
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This note was uploaded on 09/02/2010 for the course ELECTRICAL 360 taught by Professor Schultz during the Spring '10 term at BYU.

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