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A Fast Translation Method for Paging on Top of Segmentation
February 1992 (vol. 41 no. 2)
pp. 247-250

A description is presented of a fast, one-step translation method that implements paging on top of segmentation. This method translates a virtual address into a physical address, performing both the segmentation and paging translations, with a single TLB (translation lookaside buffer) read and a short add. Previous methods performed this translation in two steps and required two TLB reads and a long add. Using the fast method, the fine-grain protection and relocation of segmentation combined with paging can be provided with delay and complexity comparable to paging-only systems. This method allows small segments, particularly important in object-oriented programming systems, to be managed efficiently.

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Index Terms:
fine grain relocation; paging; segmentation; one-step translation; virtual address; physical address; translation lookaside buffer; TLB reads; fine-grain protection; object-oriented programming; virtual storage.
Citation:
W.J. Dally, "A Fast Translation Method for Paging on Top of Segmentation," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 247-250, Feb. 1992, doi:10.1109/12.123403
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