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 04182012, 02:34 AM #1Member
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Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
Hey guys,
I have searched online for an "Optimal Page Replacement" algorithm for java, and have found none. Question is.. is there any? Also, once I store the reference string into an array, how will I then "look ahead" and see which of the numbers wouldn't be used for the longest? Here is my code so far:
Java Code:package optimalpagereplacement; public class OptimalPageReplacement { public static void main(String[] args) { int[] referenceString = {7, 0, 1, 2, 0, 3, 0, 4, 2, 3, 0, 3, 2, 1, 2, 0, 1, 7, 0, 1}; int[] pageFrames = {1, 1, 1}; for(int a=0; a<pageFrames.length; a++) { if(pageFrames[a]==1) pageFrames[a] = referenceString[0]; System.out.println(pageFrames); } } }
 04182012, 09:15 AM #2
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
You do have to describe your problem in more detail (or supply a link), because I don't understand what you're talking about now ...
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
Sorry for not being clear.. Here is a link to its description:
Page replacement algorithm  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Basically, it's a page[memory] replacement algorithm!
Thanks in advance!
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
Ah, ok, I know what you're talking about now; nope, such an algorithm doesn't exist because it simply can't predict the future; only for very special cases where a process is known and completely analyzed, its memory consumption is known, otherwise we have to use one of the heuristics described in the link you supplied.
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean by "heuristics." Is that a kind of algorithm or basic framework for implementing an optimal page replacement system?
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
A heuristic is an algoritm/strategy that doesn't necessarily produces an optimal solution but it produces a good one most of the time; and it is generally faster than an algorithm that always produces an optimal solution.
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
So, what would be the heuristic for optimal page replacement?
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
Jos, I've been following this thread, curious to see where it went.
It seems Asvin isn't grasping, as you do, that there is no ONE SINGLE optimal solution for his page replacement quandary. He doesn't seem to grasp that the efficacy of algorithms and heuristics depends highly on the environment and constraints under which they are applied. An optimal algorithm for one set of constraints won't be optimal for another set of constraints.
Optimal in what regard? Everything we do has tradeoffs, like memory vs. speed/processor consumption as applied to sorting or traversal problems. An optimal solution in a constrained memory environment will not be give optimal speed or minimal processor consumption.
When I am asked to provide an optimal solution to a problem, I immediately start asking questions in order to bound what the person making the request means by "optimal".
So, forgive my intrusion as I'm sure you are aware of these things. This was intended for Asvin's benefit. Asvin clearly needs to do a bit of researching rather than vainly hoping for a cookie cutter answer that does not exist.
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
I guess my question is malformed! The assignment has nothing to do with memory, processor speed, or processor consumption. I just wanted to know if there is an algorithm that looks at the first value of the reference string, adds it to the page table.. then looks at the second, adds it to the page table.. then looks at the third, adds it to the page table.. the page table is a threeelement sized array! So, after the first three reference strings are added, the program needs to see which one will not be used for the longest time. Whichever one that is, the program should figure it out and replace it! Hope I am being clear!
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Re: Optimal Page Replacement Algorithm!
A better bump would have been one where you demonstrated putting some effort into solving this rather than waiting for us to hand you a solution.
So, after the first three reference strings are added, the program needs to see which one will not be used for the longest time. Whichever one that is, the program should figure it out and replace it!
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