[Haskell-cafe] An interesting paper on VM-friendly GC

Gregory Crosswhite gcross at phys.washington.edu
Fri Oct 15 18:50:50 EDT 2010

  On 10/15/2010 03:15 PM, Andrew Coppin wrote:
> On the other hand, their implementation uses a modified Linux kernel, 
> and no sane person is going to recompile their OS kernel with a custom 
> patch just to run Haskell applications, so we can't do quite as well 
> as they did. But still, and interesting read...
Ah, but you are missing an important fact about the article:  it is not 
about improving garbage collection for Haskell, it is about improving 
collection for *Java*, which a language in heavy use on servers.  If 
this performance gain really is such a big win, then I bet that it would 
highly motivate people to make this extension as part of the standard 
Linux kernel, at which point we could use it in the Haskell garbage 


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