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We introduce UVM, a new virtual memory system for the BSD kernel that has an improved design that increases system performance over the old Mach-based 4.4BSD VM system. In this paper we present an overview of both UVM and the BSD VM system. We focus our discussion on the design decisions made when creating UVM and contrast the UVM design with the less efficient BSD VM design. Topics covered include mapping, memory object management, anonymous memory and copy-on-write mechanisms, and pagerdblp:conf/usenix/CranorP99 fatcat:3imwtmoo7nbh5aolsp4f64tzwi