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swap space

swap space in Technology

operating system
An area of disk (e.g. a swap file) used to store the state of a process that has been swapped out. Under a virtual memory system, it is the amount of swap space rather than the amount of physical memory which determines the maximum size of a single process and the maximum total size of all active processes.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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