# Optimal Page Size | Paging

## Paging in OS-

Before you go through this article, make sure that you have gone through the previous article on Paging in OS.

We have discussed-

• Paging is a non-contiguous memory allocation technique.
• Page Table keeps track of the frames storing the pages of the process.

In paging scheme, there are mainly two overheads-

### 1. Overhead of Page Tables-

• Paging requires each process to maintain a page table.
• So, there is an overhead of maintaining a page table for each process.

### 2. Overhead of Wasting Pages-

• There is an overhead of wasting last page of each process if it is not completely filled.
• On an average, half page is wasted for each process.

Thus,

= Size of its page table + (Page size / 2)

## Optimal Page Size-

Optimal page size is the page size that minimizes the total overhead.

It is given as-

Also Read- Important Formulas Of Paging

## Proof-

Total overhead due to one process

= Size of its page table + (Page size / 2)

= Number of entries x Page table entry size + (Page size / 2)

= Number of pages the process is divided x Page table entry size + (Page size / 2)

= (Process size / Page size) x Page table entry size + (Page size / 2)

Now,

Keeping process size and page table entry size as constant, differentiating overhead with respect to page size, we get-

## Problem-01:

In a paging scheme, virtual address space is 4 KB and page table entry size is 8 bytes. What should be the optimal page size?

## Solution-

Given-

• Virtual address space = Process size = 4 KB
• Page table entry size = 8 bytes

We know-

Optimal page size

= (2 x Process size x Page table entry size)1/2

= (2 x 4 KB x 8 bytes)1/2

= (216 bytes x bytes)1/2

= 28 bytes

= 256 bytes

Thus, Optimal page size = 256 bytes.

## Problem-02:

In a paging scheme, virtual address space is 16 MB and page table entry size is 2 bytes. What should be the optimal page size?

## Solution-

Given-

• Virtual address space = Process size = 16 MB
• Page table entry size = 2 bytes

We know-

Optimal page size

= (2 x Process size x Page table entry size)1/2

= (2 x 16 MB x 2 bytes)1/2

= (226 bytes x bytes)1/2

= 213 bytes

= 8 KB

Thus, Optimal page size = 8 KB.

## Problem-03:

In a paging scheme, virtual address space is 256 GB and page table entry size is 32 bytes. What should be the optimal page size?

## Solution-

Given-

• Virtual address space = Process size = 256 GB
• Page table entry size = 32 bytes

We know-

Optimal page size

= (2 x Process size x Page table entry size)1/2

= (2 x 256 GB x 32 bytes)1/2

= (244 bytes x bytes)1/2

= 222 bytes

= 4 MB

Thus, Optimal page size = 4 MB.

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