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Silberschatz, Galvin and Gagne ©2005

Operating System Concepts

Caching

Important principle, performed at many levels in a computer (in hardware, operating system, software)

Information in use copied from slower to faster storage temporarily

Faster storage (cache) checked first to determine if information is there

If it is, information used directly from the cache (fast)

If not, data copied to cache and used there

Cache smaller than storage being cached

Cache management important design problem

Cache size and replacement policy

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