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Standard Event Objects

The system provides several standard event objects. Drivers can use these event objects to be notified by the system whenever certain conditions occur. The following list contains the standard event objects:

\KernelObjects\HighMemoryCondition

This event is set whenever the amount of free physical memory exceeds a system-defined amount. Drivers can wait for this event to be set as a signal to aggressively allocate memory.

\KernelObjects\LowMemoryCondition

This event is set whenever the amount of free physical memory falls below a system-defined amount. Drivers that have allocated large amounts of memory can wait for this event to be set as a signal to free unused memory.

For Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and later versions of Windows, drivers can also use the following additional standard event objects:

\KernelObjects\HighPagedPoolCondition

This event is set whenever the amount of free paged pool exceeds a system-defined amount. Drivers can wait for this event to be set as a signal to aggressively allocate memory from paged pool.

\KernelObjects\LowPagedPoolCondition

This event is set whenever the amount of free paged pool falls below a system-defined amount. Drivers that have allocated large amounts of memory can wait for this event to be set as a signal to free unused memory from paged pool.

\KernelObjects\HighNonPagedPoolCondition

This event is set whenever the amount of free nonpaged pool exceeds a system-defined amount. Drivers can wait for this event to be set as a signal to aggressively allocate memory from nonpaged pool.

\KernelObjects\LowNonPagedPoolCondition

This event is set whenever the amount of free nonpaged pool falls below a system-defined amount. Drivers that have allocated large amounts of memory can wait for this event to be set as a signal to free unused memory from nonpaged pool.

For Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, drivers can also use the following additional standard event objects:

\KernelObjects\LowCommitCondition

This event is set when the operating system's commit charge is low, relative to the current commit limit. In other words, memory usage is low and a lot of space is available in physical memory or paging files.

\KernelObjects\HighCommitCondition

This event is set when the operating system's commit charge is high, relative to the current commit limit. In other words, memory usage is high and very little space is available in physical memory or paging files, but the operating system might be able to increase the size of its paging files.

\KernelObjects\MaximumCommitCondition

This event is set when the operating system's commit charge is near the maximum commit limit. In other words, memory usage is very high, very little space is available in physical memory or paging files, and the operating system cannot increase the size of its paging files. (A system administrator can always increase the size or number of paging files, without restarting the computer, if sufficient storage resources exist.)

Each of these events are notification events. They remain set as long as the triggering condition remains true.

To open a handle to any of these events, use the IoCreateNotificationEvent routine. A driver that waits for any of these events should create a dedicated thread to do the waiting. The thread can wait for one or more of these events by calling either KeWaitForSingleObject or KeWaitForMultipleObjects.

 

 

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