Number: 2236

Date: 24-Sep-84 12':52':21

Submitter: Masinter

Source: Masinter

Subject: want Huge (>28 bit) virtual address space for arrays

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Attn: masinter, purcell, vanmelle, lisp

Status: Open


Problem Type: Design - Impl

Impact: Moderate

Difficulty: Hard


Priority: Perhaps

System: Operating System

Subsystem: Virtual Memory



Lisp Version: 24-Sep-84 09':49':01

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Microcode Version: 5124

Memory Size: 4096

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["Sannella.PA" "24-Sep-84 14':42':42" Priority':(->Perhaps) System':(->Operating% System) Subsystem':(->Virtual% Memory)]

Description: '
while the virtual address space on our machines for arbitrary data and reference is generally constrained by the map hardware, there is some possibility that we could implement a very large virtual address space specifically for arrays, with microcoded access to make the performance penalty relatively small.  '
If we made bitmaps be 2 dimensional 1-bit arrays, we could probably also put bitmaps out into extended space (once ''real virtual space'' was exhausted).'
This is actually not too cockeyed, and might let us advertise, e.g., a 48 bit virtual address space.'


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Edit-By: Sannella.PA

Edit-Date: 24-Sep-84 14':42':42