Implementing the Extended Memory Under Windows

Implementation with Map/Unmap

Here, a roll-in corresponds to mapping a context in the extended memory, and a roll-out corresponds to unmapping. There is an identical implementation on Linux (see Memory Management under Linux).

The following graphic displays two work processes that are accessing a shared resource.

The shared resource (memory mapped file) contains all the user contexts. The extended memory of a work process contains an area reserved for mapping the current user context.

The graphic displays a context change or transfer: First, the context for user x, mode y, is mapped in the extended memory of work process 1. The work process processes an inquiry of this context. Analogous to this, the context from user n, mode m is mapped in the reserved area of work process 2 (marked with a 1). After processing, both work processes “put” the (changed) context back in the shared resource by making the context visible again.

Then work process 1 can process the context for user n, mode m and work process 2 can process the context from user x, mode y (marked with a 2).

The start address for the mapped context is always the same.