Proposal: Pooled memory management
Sven_Panne at BetaResearch.de
Mon Jan 20 09:47:24 EST 2003
Simon Marlow wrote:
> [...] So we might well ask what useful new functionality is provided
> by a pool-style memory manager.
Well, I guess that about 90% of the hierarchical libraries don't provide
any "new" functionality, but nevertheless they provide useful
abstractions. The same holds for my proposal.
> One feature is performance: [...]
That's a nice bonus, but I didn't have that in mind.
> So, assuming the performance is roughly the same [..], do people see
> any other compelling reasons to be using pools?
I see the same compelling reasons as the ones for using foldl, sum,
sequence, mapM, when, allocArray, with, ... :-)
> GHC's runtime has an Arena abstraction which is an implementation of
> pool-style memory management, and could be used to implement Pools,
Nice, I wasn't aware of that.
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