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Do generational schemes improve the garbage collection efficiency?

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3 Author(s)
Srisa-an, W. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Illinois Inst. of Technol., Chicago, IL, USA ; Chang, J.M. ; Chia-Tien Dan Lo

Recently, most research efforts on garbage collection have concentrated on reducing pause times. However, very little effort has been spent on the study of garbage collection efficiency, especially generational garbage collection which was introduced as a way to reduce garbage collection pause times. In this paper a detailed study of garbage collection efficiency in generational schemes is presented. The study provides a mathematical model for the efficiency of generation garbage collection. Additionally, important issues such as write-barrier overhead, pause times, residency, and heap size are also addressed. We find that generational garbage collection often has lower garbage collection efficiency than other approaches (e.g. mark-sweep, copying) due to a smaller collected area and write-barrier overhead

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Performance Analysis of Systems and Software, 2000. ISPASS. 2000 IEEE International Symposium on

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