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Real-Time Memory Management: Life and Times

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As high integrity real-time systems become increasingly large and complex, forcing a static model of memory usage becomes untenable. The challenge is to provide a dynamic memory model that guarantees tight and bounded time and space requirements without overburdening the developer with memory concerns. This paper provides an analysis of memory management approaches in order to characterise the tradeoffs across three semantic domains: space, time and a characterisation of memory usage information such as the lifetime of objects. A unified approach to distinguishing the merits of each memory model highlights the relationship across these three domains, thereby identifying the class of applications that benefit from targeting a particular model.

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