Memory Leakage is one of the major reason behind the down performing devices, it is something similar to Thermal Throttling. We have thermal throttling which benefits us, whereas Memory Leakage is against us. Here we are going to have a closer look at it.
We can connect leakage with something that is waste, even it is useful but we can’t use it. Similarly, Memory leakage is the wastage of memory that cannot be used by some other application or software for performing a task.
What is Memory Leakage:
Memory Leakage is the blocking of user memory space that can be used somewhere else. We will understand this by having an example. Let us think of a road with two lanes in the same direction. All vehicles are moving smoothly. Suddenly an accident occurs on one of the lanes due to some error. The traffic in that particular lane will get blocked i.e. no transportation will occur through that accident spot.
Now, connect this to our topic. The two lanes act as memory channels, data transmission as vehicles or traffic. Whenever an application or software is initialized in the memory it requires some memory space to work and transmit data. Suppose due to some errors. At the ending of the program, space acquired by the application cannot be freed (accident). In that case, the particular block (accident spot) gets filled with unwanted data and cannot be used for any other program until it gets freed.
This blocking of Memory is considered as Memory Leakage. It is so called because that block gets leaked out of the channel. It can occur due to many factors which we have listed below.
Causes of Memory Leakage
It can be caused by many reasons some of them are listed here:
- Improper Software Optimization
- Improper Memory Allocation
- Faulty Software update
- Bugs in Operating System
- Incompatible Softwares
- Faulty Memory
- Poor RAM Mangement by System
These are some general causes. There are various things that can cause it. For more, you can read here