Ownership and Reference Counting based Garbage Collection in the Actor World

@inproceedings{Clebsch2015OwnershipAR,
  title={Ownership and Reference Counting based Garbage Collection in the Actor World},
  author={Sylvan Clebsch and Sebastian Blessing and Juliana Franco and Sophia Drossopoulou},
  year={2015}
}
We propose Pony-ORCA, a fully concurrent protocol for garbage collection in the actor paradigm. It allows actors to perform garbage collection concurrently with any number of other actors. It does not require any form of synchronization across actors except those introduced through the actor paradigm, i.e. message send and message receive. Pony-ORCA is based on ideas from ownership and deferred, distributed, weighted reference counting. It adapts the messaging system of actors to keep the… CONTINUE READING

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