Issue No. 02 - July-December (2006 vol. 5)
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 oar knowledge, this is the first-ever work of this kind, introducing "hybrid memory allocator"
Hardware, Memory management, Application software, Computer languages, Software performance, Costs, Java, Computer science, Dynamic programming, Delay
"A Page-based Hybrid (Software-Hardware) Dynamic Memory Allocator," in IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 13, 2007.