The space cost of lazy reference counting

@inproceedings{Bhm2004TheSC,
  title={The space cost of lazy reference counting},
  author={Helene B{\"o}hm},
  booktitle={POPL},
  year={2004}
}
Reference counting memory management is often advocated as a technique for reducing or avoiding the pauses associated with tracing garbage collection. We present some measurements to remind the reader that classic reference count implementations may in fact exhibit longer pauses than tracing collectors.We then analyze reference counting with lazy deletion, the standard technique for avoiding long pauses by deferring deletions and associated reference count decrements, usually to allocation time… CONTINUE READING
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