Linkers and Loaders

@article{Presser1972LinkersAL,
  title={Linkers and Loaders},
  author={Leon Presser and John R. White},
  journal={ACM Comput. Surv.},
  year={1972},
  volume={4},
  pages={149-167}
}
This is a tutorial paper on the linking and loading stages of the language transformation process First, loaders are classffied and discussed Next, the hnking process is treated in terms of the various times at whmh it may occur (i e , binding to logical space). Finally, the hnking and loading functmns are explained m detail through a careful examination of their implementation m the IBM System/360 Examples are presented, and a number of possible system trade-offs are pointed out. 

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