Garbage collection

Vlad Dumitrescu <>
Tue Aug 31 09:00:14 CEST 1999


>Did this discussion start because someone was unhappy with the performance
>of the Erlang garbage collector or is it pure (though interesting) 
>conjecture about how to speed up the system? 
>

I started it, and it is on the "to do" list at erlang.org, so I suppose someone
has experienced slow collections... 

After being buried in the code for the weekend ;-) I realized the present collector
is rather tightly integrated with the rest of the runtime... which makes it
difficult to change.

The same applies to the specific VM information: right now the data structures
for JAM and BEAM are hard-coded into the other structures... I think the couplings
should be more loose...

/Vlad
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