Tremendous slowdown due to garbage collection

Aaron Watters aaron.watters at gmail.com
Wed Apr 30 22:04:33 CEST 2008


> I do not argue that Python's default GC parameters must change -- only
> that applications with lots of objects may want to consider a
> reconfiguration.

I would argue that changing the GC to some sort
of adaptive strategy should at least be investigated.
Having an app which doesn't need gc spending most
of its time doing gc is annoying, to say the least.

Of course any such change should be tested and
analysed thoroughly before it goes into Python 2.6.1
or whatever and it would be great if there
were several alternatives considered and compared.

Hmmm.  I think
this would make an excellent computer science Master's
Thesis topic.  Anybody looking for a topic?
   -- Aaron Watters

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