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Myths and Realities: The Performance Impact of Garbage Collection

Blackburn, Stephen; Cheng, Perry; McKinley, Kathryn


This paper explores and quantifies garbage collection behavior for three whole heap collectors and generational counterparts: copying semi-space, mark-sweep, and reference counting, the canonical algorithms from which essentially all other collection algorithms are derived. Efficient implementations in MMTk, a Java memory management toolkit, in IBM's Jikes RVM share all common mechanisms to provide a clean experimental platform. Instrumentation separates collector and program behavior, and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Conference paper
Source: Joint Internaional Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems, Proceedings.


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