[erlang-questions] Code vs. binary heap storage

Thomas Lindgren <>
Mon Oct 8 15:49:22 CEST 2007

--- Ciprian Dorin Craciun <>

> > Yes, the binary itself will be stored outside of
> the process (provided
> > the size of the binary is > 64).
>     Why would you in fact copy an object if the size
> is smaller than
> 64 bytes? What is the reason for it?

At a guess, doing so is simply a tradeoff versus
allocating and managing small binaries off the global
binary area. So the motivation would be "we have
observed that system performance usually improves by
doing this".


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