High Performance Reference Counting and Conservative Garbage Collection
Garbage collection is an integral part of modern programming languages. It automatically reclaims memory occupied by objects that are no longer in use. Garbage collection began in 1960 with two algorithmic branches — tracing and reference counting. Tracing identifies live objects by performing a transitive closure over the object graph starting with the stacks, registers, and global variables as roots. Objects not reached by the trace are implicitly dead, so the collector reclaims them. In...[Show more]
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