Would you pay for GC?

Paulo Pinto pjmlp at progtools.org
Tue Jan 25 09:32:32 UTC 2022

On Tuesday, 25 January 2022 at 08:24:22 UTC, rikki cattermole 
> On 25/01/2022 8:22 PM, Elronnd wrote:
>> On Tuesday, 25 January 2022 at 07:13:41 UTC, Paulo Pinto wrote:
>>> ARC will also not compete, unless one goes the extra mile of 
>>> making the compiler ARC aware, elide retain/release calls, do 
>>> cascade deletions in background threads, take care on cascade 
>>> deletions to avoid stack overflows on destructor calls, 
>>> provide multicore friendly versions of them,.....
>> Indeed.  See Bacon et al, 'Unified Theory of Garbage 
>> Collection': increasingly sophisticated RC approaches tracing 
>> (and vice versa).  So it's a bit strange to assume we can do 
>> one but not the other.  And tracing makes a better starting 
>> point due to the generational hypothesis.
> RC shines for when deterministic destruction is required.
> ...

That is the naive idea, until a cascade deletion of a graph based 
datastructure happens.

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