[gambit-list] Gambit roadmap

Marc Feeley feeley at iro.umontreal.ca
Tue Jul 19 20:54:12 EDT 2011

On 2011-07-19, at 5:29 PM, Hendrik Boom wrote:

> The world has long needed a good, practical, flexible GC that can handle 
> parallelism.  The days that each programming language had to have its 
> owm specialized and incompatible GC should be numbered.  But running the 
> GC in parallel with the program it's collecting is costly without 
> hardware support.

I'm not sure what you mean.  Which hardware support?  You mean special assembly instructions?  That's doable in C with #ifdefs and inline "asm".

> The C-- project has some ideas how to manage the interface between a GC 
> and its language.  They may be right on how to do it, but I don't think 
> their interfacing has yet been tested on anything parallel.

I followed the C-- project way back when it started, and the last time I checked (2006) it hadn't lived up to all the hype.  The project seems pretty dead at this point.


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