spill ⇝

register spilling

<programming, compiler> (By analogy with spilling the contents of an overfull container) When a compiler is generating machine code and there are more live variables than the machine has registers and it has to transfer or "spill" some variables from registers to memory.

Last updated: 1997-06-24

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