Distributed garbage collection using reference counting

Bevan, D. I. (1987). Distributed garbage collection using reference counting. In: PARLE: Parallel Architectures and Languages Europe, 15-19 Jun 1987, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Springer-Verlag, pp. 176–187.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-17945-3_10

URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/744146w15h87w1...


We describe here an elegant algorithm for the real-time garbage collection of distributed memory. This algorithm makes use of reference counting and is simpler than distributed mark-scan algorithms. It is also truly real-time unlike distributed mark-scan algorithms. It requires no synchronisation between messages and only sends a message between nodes when a reference is deleted. It is also relatively space efficient using at most five bits per reference.

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