[Gc] Re: Problems with GC_size_map

Ludovic Courtès ludo at gnu.org
Tue Feb 2 09:40:37 PST 2010


Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll
<juanjose.garciaripoll at googlemail.com> writes:

> On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 1:37 AM, Bruce Hoult <bruce at hoult.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 12:51 PM, Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll
>> <juanjose.garciaripoll at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> > In general I am worried that the garbage collector is performing rather
>> bad
>> > for a simple problem in which one builds and quickly discarding bignums
>> --
>> > pointerless memory, by the way --. Profiling shows that 80% of the time
>> is
>> > spent in the mark phase.
>> You are not allocating the bodies of the bignums using GC_malloc_atomic()?
> Of course I am. The whole bignum is a huge chunk of atomic memory, including
> a few words for the structure of the datatype and the rest full of bits that
> represent the bignum, using GMP. Other people have verified this behavior,
> not only in OS X but also in Linux. I have tried both with and without
> incremental garbage collection.

If you have a simple test case, I’d be happy to adapt it and test it on
Guile since have a similar setup, using GMP as well.


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