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Fail-Safe Message for Insufficient Memory Conditions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110779D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In current systems, users can frequently receive messages indicating that there is insufficient memory to perform the current task. In order to proceed, users must interrupt and exit the current task, and close down applications to free-up memory. They must then restart the task to continue.

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Fail-Safe Message for Insufficient Memory Conditions

      In current systems, users can frequently receive messages
indicating that there is insufficient memory to perform the current
task.  In order to proceed, users must interrupt and exit the current
task, and close down applications to free-up memory.  They must then
restart the task to continue.

      A solution is disclosed that allows users to free-up memory
while they are in the current task without having to exit to other
applications to close them.  Two possible implementations are
disclosed:

1.  Manual implementation - in this approach, a dialog box is
    presented to the user along with the "Insufficient memory"
    message.  This dialog contains a list of the current applications
    running.  The user is able to select applications to temporarily
    suspend.  The user does not have to exit the current task to do
    this.

    Additionally, the error message indicates to the user how much
    memory is needed to continue the task.  The dialog box provides
    feedback to the user on how much memory is available as the user
    suspends applications.

2.  Automatic implementation - in this approach, controlled by a
    Settings function, the user can choose for the system to
    automatically suspend applications to clear memory when the
    current task necessitates more memory.  The user specifies in the
    options the appropriate algorithm for the s...