Computers and Technology


In computer architecture, what is the memory segment used by processes to communicate instructions and data to each other?

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  • Normally, each process has an isolated (ie., private) bit of memory. When data needs to be shared, a block of "shared memory" can be defined. Access to this memory needs to be carefully synchronized using synchronization primitives (e.g., semaphores, critical sections) because you never know if the other process is changing the data while you are reading it. (A common source of bugs)