Issue No.02 - July-December (2006 vol.5)
Wentong Li , IEEE
Krishna Kavi , IEEE
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/L-CA.2006.13
Modern programming languages often include complex mechanisms for dynamic memory allocation and garbage collection. These features drive the need for more efficient implementation of memory management functions, both in terms of memory usage and execution performance. In this paper, we introduce a software and hardware co-design to improve the speed of the software allocator used in Free-BSD systems. The hardware complexity of our design is independent of the dynamic memory size, thus making the allocator suitable for any memory size. Our design improves the performance of memory management intensive benchmarks by as much as 43%. To our knowledge, this is the first-ever work of this kind, introducing "hybrid memory allocator".
Memory management, memory allocator, software/hardware co-design
Wentong Li, Krishna Kavi, "A Page-based Hybrid (Software-Hardware) Dynamic Memory Allocator", IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, vol.5, no. 2, pp. 13, July-December 2006, doi:10.1109/L-CA.2006.13