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From: Andreas Huber (ah2003_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-08-26 14:04:47

Peter Dimov wrote:
> Andreas Huber wrote:
>> Peter Dimov wrote:
>>> The usual approach is to borrow an entry from the 2*N heap and split
>>> it in two when the N heap is empty. [snip]
>> Which brings back non-determinism, as the 2*N heap could be full also
>> and thus be borrowing from 4*N already. You can of course guarantee
>> an upper limit for an allocation, as some heap must have a slot
>> available.
> Actually it's possible that all free memory already went to the N/2
> heap but this case is (even more) unsolvable with predetermined heap
> sizes, too. :-)
>> However, for some systems this upper limit is already too slow, so
>> someone inevitably has to configure heap sizes *before* startup.
> I agree, but I still don't see why a quality system allocator on such
> a system should not give you the ability to do so.

True, but this is just not yet standard. Not that I have an awful lot of
experience with such systems but the (very popular) platform of the one
project I was involved with was far away from providing such a quality



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