Malloc Implementation

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Malloc Implementation There are several data structures that can be used for memory allocation: Single Free list Segregated Free Lists Cartesian Tree Boundary tags
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Malloc Single Free List In this implementation of malloc all the free memory is stored in a single free list. Each chunk in the free list has a header with the size of the chunk and a pointer to the next chunk.
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Malloc Single Free List During allocation a chunk of the right size if searched, split if necessary and the remainder is returned to the free list. When an object is freed, the free list is traversed to find the right place of insertion and the object is coalesced if possible. If the request cannot be satisfied with the existing free list, the allocator gets memory from the OS. The request for memory to the OS is larger (E.g. 8KB) than the size requested by malloc. This reduces the number of times memory is requested from the OS since this is slow.
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