Thrashing (computer science)

Thrashing is when the OS (Operating System) of a computer spends most of its time switching pages between memory and the disk. This seriously hurts the computer's performance.[1] It prevents the computer from performing any useful work. Thrashing can also happen when the hard disk is attempting to retrieve files scattered all over the disk.[2]

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  1. Nell Dale; John Lewis, Computer Science Illuminated (Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016), p. 352
  2. John Daintith; Edmund Wright. The Facts on File Dictionary of Computer Science (New York: Facts On File, 2006), p. 220
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