List processing in real time on a serial computer

  title={List processing in real time on a serial computer},
  author={H. G. Baker},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  • H. G. Baker
  • Published 1978
  • Computer Science
  • Commun. ACM
  • A real-time list processing system is one in which the time required by the elementary list operations (e.g. CONS, CAR, CDR, RPLACA, RPLACD, EQ, and ATOM in LISP) is bounded by a (small) constant. Classical implementations of list processing systems lack this property because allocating a list cell from the heap may cause a garbage collection, which process requires time proportional to the heap size to finish. A real-time list processing system is presented which continuously reclaims garbage… CONTINUE READING
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