OOM Analogy


“Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace.” – Lao Tzu

To experience the OOMROOM website, then you need to know something. What does OOM mean? Historically the term OMM means Out of Memory – specifically the out of memory condition in early personal computers and operating systems. Older operating systems had amounts of physical random access memory (RAM), since the early processors simply could not handle large amounts of memory. Today since the advent of “virtual memory” which uses swap space, OOM is rare.

MS-DOS, an early operating system lacked support for multi-tasking. A program was allocated physical memory that was used as needed. Physical memory was a scarce resource, and when it was used up by an applications—no further applications could be started until the running application was closed.

Today’s modern computers have operating systems that provide virtual memory, in which processes are given a range of memory, but there is no guarantee that the memory corresponds to physical RAM. Virtual memory is backed by physical RAM, or swap space. An operating system can move virtual memory pages around as it needs. Because virtual memory does not need to be backed by physical memory, exhaustion of it is rare, and usually there are other limits imposed by the operating system on resource consumption.

In the context of this website, OOMROOM Learning Community, the point is that one must empty the mind of memories, fears, and expectations, then access new methods of learning. If one thinks about learning in a similar context – your brain is the operating system, and your virtual memory is inexhaustable – therefore anything is possible to learn once your mind is not associated with past, present or future thoughts.