Re: Compile Time Garbage Collection impossible?

"Daniel C. Wang" <danwang74@gmail.com>
30 Sep 2006 17:41:50 -0400

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From: "Daniel C. Wang" <danwang74@gmail.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 30 Sep 2006 17:41:50 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 06-09-119 06-09-146
Keywords: GC

A.L. wrote:
{stuff deleted}
  > Determining what objects could be deallocated during compilation is
  > equivalent to "halting problem" that is undecidable. i.e. there is
  > no algorithm possible that could do this for all possible programs.
  >
  > A.L.




Determining what objects can be deallocated at runtime is also
undecidable. Reachability is a conservative approximation to liveness.
GCed programs can and do still leak, just not as frequently.


There's quite a bit of memory management you can validate dat compile
time. Enough reasoning to build a GC on statically checkable compile
time primitives.


http://www.diku.dk/topps/space2004/space_final/fluet-wang.pdf


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