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In every network, computer or node, data is generated and stored during processing that is no longer needed after a task has been completed, i.e. has become data garbage. In order to free up valuable memory for the next task, the operating system of a computer cleans up the memory locations occupied by data garbage during the idle state phases. This cleanup action is called garbage collection.

Englisch: garbage
Updated at: 06.10.2006
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Links: indium (In), network, computer, node, data
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