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  • Title Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager
  • Author(s) Mel Gorman
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (May 9, 2004)
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • eDook PDF, 8.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131453483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131453487
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Book Description

A programmer wanting to understand the workings of the Linux VM today literally has no choice but to study the kernel source code, line-by-line - an excruciatingly difficult and time-consuming task. This book dedicates itself to explaining, in detail, how the memory manager is implemented in Linux, thereby cutting down the time needed to understand it from many months to mere weeks. The Linux VM is the single most important component of the Linux kernel. The behavior of the VM affects all other kernel subsystems, and has a dramatic impact on overall system performance.

This book is unique in that not only does it describe the Linux VM itself in unprecedented detail, it also includes the theoretical foundations for it which is of interest to both developers and students but has been omitted from recent Linux kernel related material. It is split into three parts. The first part begins with an introduction on how to approach reading the code of an open source project. It then provides a detailed description of the VM architecture with the aid of numerous diagrams and call graphs, which is suitable for people who need a clear understanding of how the VM functions. The second part is a detailed line-by-line description of the C source modules (source code commentary) that implement the VM in the Linux 2.4 kernel. The third part describes new features in the upcoming 2.6 kernel.

About the Authors
  • Jeff Heaton is an author, college instructor, and consultant. Jeff lives in Chesterfield (St. Louis), Missouri. The author of seven books and over two dozen journal and magazine articles, Jeff specializes in Internet, socket-level/spidering and Artificial Intelligence programming. Jeff has worked with companies such as MasterCard, Anheuser-Busch and Boeing. A Sun Certified Java Programmer and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Jeff holds a Masters Degree in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis.
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