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virtural memory test

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Hi, I am 16  year old mac head starting to learn how to program, I have
just been through "Learn C on the Mac" by Dave Mark and wanted to use some
of my knowledge on a science project for high school.

One idea I have is the

 "Performance difference between Real and Virtual memory"

There's a few things I need help with to develop this experiment and hope
someone can spare a little of their time to help me out on them.

Is it possible to store something in a high address, so that it is on the
hard drive instead of the real RAM, or would I get the same results by
storing data in a file and the same data in memory and just comparing the
time taken for each to load. I plan to measure speed difference by calling
the time() function when I request the data and again after the data is
loaded. Is there a more precise way of measuring the time. ticks?.

Please give me advise on better ways to carry out this project.

Thanks

Roneel.
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As far as i know, there is no way to know that some piece of memory are on disk. Virtual memory hide this for you and when you access a memory adress it bring it in Real RAM if it was not.

Second, simulating virtual memory access with read/write into files is not the exact way because VM is highly optimized and do not use high level routine from File Manager so this not the same performance.

One thing you can do is to develop an application that use lot of memory, launch it several time to fill you mac's memory and measure time to switch from an app to the other. Doinf this with Real RAM only and VM will give you an experience of performance.

Good luck

Another thing, Time() will give you a time measure with a poor precision (1 seconds), you'll better use clock() (1/60 th of seconds) or even MicroSeconds (more complicate to use but more precise, you can deal with 1/1000 et of 1/100000 th of seconds).

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