A 'Python like' language

Daniel Dittmar daniel.dittmar at sap.com
Mon Mar 29 16:53:47 CEST 2004


Joe Mason wrote:
> In article <BrS9c.58293$cx5.57010 at fed1read04>, Mark Hahn wrote:
>>> But I wonder what effect the lack of reference counting has
>>> on cache-friendliness of the memory management system.
>>
>> I don't see how the lack of something could hurt the cache.  Do you
>> mean the garbage colector?  The mark and sweep just behaves like
>> another app running at the same time and uses a hunk of the cache to
>> do it's job.  Other than that I can't think of anything unfriendly
>> to the cache.  Am I missing something in your question?
>
> This, I think:
>
> http://gcc.gnu.org/ml/gcc/2002-08/msg00552.html

On the other hand, reference counting requires access to the memory even if
only a reference is copied. This can't be good for cache locality either.

Daniel






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