register spilling

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register spilling definition

programming, compiler
(By analogy with spilling the contents of an overfull container) When a compiler is generating machine code and there are more live variables than the machine has registers and it has to transfer or "spill" some variables from registers to memory.
(1997-06-24)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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