Constant lists

Richard Carlsson <>
Tue Jul 4 14:32:44 CEST 2000

On Tue, 4 Jul 2000, Richard Carlsson wrote:

> This is something that the compiler should detect and handle better (by
> creating a static structure instead of generating code to rebuild it at
> each call), but it also requires that the garbage collector can handle
> special memory areas for constant data, so it is not all that easy to
> implement. The same problem occurs with e.g. floating-point constants. We
> are working on it in HiPE, but I don't know about coming releases of OTP.
> Björn? Robert? 
> 	/Richard Carlsson

Correction: we *are* already doing this in HiPE. (Thanks, Erik.)

(E.g., try calling, say, `io:module_info()' a couple of thousand times,
probably being the most important Erlang benchmark ever :-).) 


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