First understand meaning of word Heap:- A group of things placed or thrown, one on top of the other. memory is allocated from a large pool of unused memory area called the heap (also called the free store). Heap Memory is a area in main memory that is used to assign dynamically allocated memory to a application. Heap is generally managed in the form of linked list and in most os allocation or delocation can be done on per byte basis or in some cases it may be 4 bytes ; since OS mostly use paged memory management so an internal fault is found. Heap memory can be manged in non movable or movable blocks which again depends on os implementations. heap can be local as well as global ie shared among many processes. But if your process does frequent allocation and deallocation of memory it is advisable to have local heap associated with that process only... Read following links [Dynamic memory allocation] [heap memory pdf book] [For diagram of heap memory] [How IBM use heap memory] [Same question ask in other forum]
is it only a virtual heap which refers to a chunk of memory
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