[Python-Dev] The untuned tunable parameter ARENA_SIZE

Victor Stinner victor.stinner at gmail.com
Thu Jun 1 04:37:01 EDT 2017

2017-06-01 10:23 GMT+02:00 INADA Naoki <songofacandy at gmail.com>:
> AFAIK, allocating arena doesn't eat real (physical) memory.
> * On Windows, VirtualAlloc is used for arena.  Real memory page is assigned
>   when the page is used first time.
> * On Linux and some other *nix, anonymous mmap is used.  Real page is
>   assigned when first touch, like Windows.

Memory fragmentation is also a real problem in pymalloc. I don't think
that pymalloc is designed to reduce the memory fragmentation.

I know one worst case: the Python parser which allocates small objects
which will be freed when the parser completes, while other objects
living longer are created.

In a perfect world, the parser should use a different memory allocator
for that. But currently, the Python API doesn't offer this level of


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