Date Added: Nov 2011
In object-oriented systems, run-time memory is composed of an object graph in which objects refer to other objects. This graph of objects evolves while the system is running. Graph exporting and swapping are two important object graph operations. Exporting refers to copying the graph to some other memory so that it can be loaded by another system. Swapping refers to moving the graph to a secondary memory (e.g., a hard disk) to temporary release part of the primary memory (e.g., RAM). Exporting and swapping are achieved in different ways and the speed in presence of large object graphs is critical.