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22 Garbage Collection

Monday, 27 October – 8:30-12:00 Morning

Richard Jones, University of Kent at Canterbury, R.E.Jones@ukc.ac.uk
Eric Jul, University of Copenhagen, eric@diku.dk

This tutorial presents the issues facing modern high-performance garbage collectors and examines the approaches taken by state-of-the-art garbage collectors.

Participants will gain a deeper insight into the operation of modern, high-performance garbage collectors. The tutorial will enable participants to evaluate the benefits and costs of such garbage collection algorithms, to understand the implications for their code and to make informed choices between collectors.

Attendee background

Prerequisites: Participants must be experienced programmers familiar with basic garbage collection technology. Basic knowledge of OO implementation is useful but not essential.


Lecture, animations, and demonstrations


Richard Jones is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent. He is the prime author of the book on Garbage Collection. His interests include programming languages and their implementation and visualisation, storage management and distributed systems. He is Coordinator of the UK Memory Management Network of researchers, a member of the Steering Committee of the International Symposium on Memory Management and was Programme Chair for ISMM'98. He has presented several tutorials at OOPSLA and ECOOP.

Eric Jul is a Professor at DIKU, the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen where he leads research in distributed, heterogeneous computing. He is co-designer and principal implementer of the Emerald distributed object-oriented programming language. His interests include distributed, OO languages, operating systems support for such languages including distributed storage management (distributed shared memory and garbage collection) and object-oriented design and analysis. At previous ECOOP/OOPLSA conferences he has run a number of workshops and tutorials related to distributed computing and memory management. He was Programme Chair for ECOOP'98.