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The garbage collection handbook: The art of automatic memory management


Richard Jones, Tony Hosking and Eliot Moss

University of Kent


University of Massachusetts

Australian National University


Richard Jones’s Garbage Collection (Wiley, 1996) was a milestone book in the area of automatic memory management. The field has grown considerably since then, sparking a need for an updated look at the latest state-of-the-art developments. The Garbage Collection Handbook: The Art of Automatic Memory Management (Chapman & Hall, 2012) brings together a wealth of knowledge gathered by automatic memory management researchers and developers over the past fifty years. The authors compare the most important approaches and state-of-the-art techniques in a single, accessible framework. The book addresses new challenges to garbage collection made by recent advances in hardware and software. It explores the consequences of these changes for designers and implementers of high performance garbage collectors. Along with simple and traditional algorithms, the book covers state-of-the-art parallel, incremental, concurrent, and real-time garbage collection. Algorithms and concepts are often described with pseudocode and illustrations. The nearly universal adoption of garbage collection by modern programming languages makes a thorough understanding of this topic essential for any programmer. This authoritative handbook gives expert insight on how different collectors work as well as the various issues currently facing garbage collectors. Armed with this knowledge, programmers can confidently select and configure the many choices of garbage collectors.

BibTeX Entry

    numpages         = {511},
    publisher        = {Chapman and Hall/CRC Press},
    year             = {2011},
    title            = {The Garbage Collection Handbook: The Art of Automatic Memory Management},
    author           = {Jones, Richard and Hosking, Tony and Moss, Eliot}