Managed Heap

What Does Managed Heap Mean?

A managed heap is a structure for handling address spaces created by processes at runtime. These address spaces, when handled in certain ways within an operating system, are called a managed heap. Microsoft’s .NET framework uses a managed heap model as part of its automatic memory management process.

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Techopedia Explains Managed Heap

The managed heap is contrasted with an unmanaged heap, where developers may need to personally assign memory and otherwise handle address spaces. In a managed heap, other parts of automatic memory management include a specific algorithm where a garbage collector will assess parts of the address space to determine what parts are being used and what parts can be released and re-allocated.

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