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A novel processor architecture with exact tag-free pointers

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1 Author(s)
Meyer, M. ; Stuttgart Univ., Germany

Along with the success of Java, garbage collection advances to embedded and real-time systems. In this paper a novel RISC processor architecture that lays the foundation for efficient real-time garbage collection in hardware and guarantees pointer integrity at the machine-code level is proposed. This article summarizes the most commonly used garbage collection methods and points out problems of contemporary software-based solutions to motivate architectural support for garbage collection.

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 3 )