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Empirical working set behavior

The working set model for program behavior has been proposed in recent years as a basis for the design of scheduling and paging algorithms. Although the words “working set” are now commonly encountered in the literature dealing with resource allocation, there is a dearth of published data on program working set behavior. It is the purpose of this paper to present empirical data from actual program measurements, in the hope that workers in the field might find experimental evidence upon which to substantiate and base theoretical work.

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