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corejava-basics: How many types of memory areas are allocated by JVM?

JVM performs four main tasks:
Loads code
Verifies code
Executes code
Provides runtime environment.
so how many types of memory areas it allocates?

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Posted On : 2013-11-18 21:24:50.0
profile Rishi Kumar - Rishi Kumar


JVM allocates Many types of memory areas:
Class(Method) Area,
Program Counter Register,
Native Method Stack,
JVM provides definitions for the:
Memory area,
Class file format,
Register set,
Garbage-collected heap,
Fatal error reporting,
Following is the internal architecture of JVM. It contains classloader, memory area, execution engine etc.


1) Classloader : Classloader is a subsystem of JVM that is used to load class files.

2) Class(Method) Area : Class(Method) Area stores per-class structures such as the runtime constant pool, field and method data, the code for methods.

3) Heap : It is the runtime data area in which objects are allocated.

4) Stack : Java Stack stores frames.It holds local variables and partial results, and plays a part in method invocation and return.
Each thread has a private JVM stack, created at the same time as thread.
A new frame is created each time a method is invoked. A frame is destroyed when its method invocation completes.

5) Program Counter Regiser : PC (program counter) register. It contains the address of the Java virtual machine instruction currently being executed.

6) Native Method Stack : It contains all the native methods used in the application.

7) Execution Engine : It contains:
  1) A virtual processor
  2) Interpreter:Read bytecode stream then execute the instructions.
  3) Just-In-Time(JIT) compiler:It is used to improve the performance.JIT compiles parts of the byte code   that have similar functionality at the same time, and hence reduces the amount of time needed for   compilation.Here the term compiler refers to a translator from the instruction set of a JVM to the   instruction set of a specific CPU.

Posted On : 2013-11-18 22:53:29
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