Publication Date

11-18-1992

Technical Report Number

TR92-17a

Subjects

Computing Methodologies, Computer Systems Organization, Data, Hardware

Abstract

Hardware-assisted garbage collection combines the potential of high average-case allocation rates and memory bandwidth with fast worst-case allocation, fetch, and store times. This paper describes an architecture that allows memory fetch and store operations to execute, on the average, nearly as fast as traditional memory. It describes a feasible implementation of a garbage-collected memory module, but does not provide a thorough discussion of possible design alternatives, nor does it provide rigorous justification for choices between available design alternatives.

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