Allocators encapsulate allocation and deallocation of memory. They provide a low-level interface that permits efficient allocation of many small objects; different allocator types represent different schemes for memory management.
Note that allocators simply allocate and deallocate memory, as opposed to creating and destroying objects. The STL also includes several low-level algorithms for manipulating uninitialized memory.
Note also that allocators do not attempt to encapsulate multiple memory models. The C++ language only defines a single memory model (the difference of two pointers, for example, is always
The details of the allocator interface are still subject to change, and we do not guarantee that specific member functions will remain in future versions. You should think of an allocator as a "black box". That is, you may select a container's memory allocation strategy by instantiating the container template with a particular allocator , but you should not make any assumptions about how the container actually uses the allocator.
The available allocators are as follows. In most cases you shouldn't have to worry about the distinction: the default allocator,
vector<double> V(100, 5.0); // Uses the default allocator. vector<double, single_client_alloc> local(V.begin(), V.end());
 Different containers may use different allocators. You might, for example, have some containers that use the default allocator