Beltway: Getting Around Garbage Collection Gridlock

Blackburn, Stephen M. and Jones, Richard and McKinley, Kathryn S. and Moss, J.Eliot B. (2002) Beltway: Getting Around Garbage Collection Gridlock. In: Hendren, Laurie J., ed. Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation archive. Association for Computing Machinery, Berlin pp. 153-164. ISBN 1-58113-463-0. (Full text available)

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Abstract

We present the design and implementation of a new garbage collection framework that significantly generalizes existing copying collectors. The Beltway framework exploits and separates object age and incrementality. It groups objects in one or more increments on queues called belts, collects belts independently, and collects increments on a belt in first-in-first-out order. We show that Beltway configurations, selected by command line options, act and perform the same as semi-space, generational, and older-first collectors, and encompass all previous copying collectors of which we are aware. The increasing reliance on garbage collected languages such as Java requires that the collector perform well. We show that the generality of Beltway enables us to design and implement new collectors that are robust to variations in heap size and improve total execution time over the best generational copying collectors of which we are aware by up to 40%, and on average by 5 to 10%, for small to moderate heap sizes. New garbage collection algorithms are rare, and yet we define not just one, but a new family of collectors that subsumes previous work. This generality enables us to explore a larger design space and build better collectors.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Beltway, copying garbage collection, generational garbage collection, Java
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Theoretical Computing Group
Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Systems Architecture Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:00
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 01:16
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13782 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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