Garbage collection

David Gould <>
Mon Aug 30 19:07:06 CEST 1999


On Mon, Aug 30, 1999 at 10:14:53AM +0200, Klacke wrote:
> 
> All in all, doing a little Boehm hack might be pretty
> interesting. 
> 
> We also need to keep in mind that the typical sort of 
> applications that Erlang is intended for are supposed to
> run without stopping for a very long time[*]. This implies that
> GC is good way to go, but it also implies that *all* data
> must be eventually collected. A conservative collector may
> forget 10 bytes/hour which leads to a very very hard to find bug.
> So performance is important, but complete correctness is even more so.

The Boehm collector can support type information if it is available. So there
is no need to use the "conservative" feature so this should be a non-issue
for Erlang.

-dg

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