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Dynamic Adaptive Pre-Tenuring

Tim Harris


In a generational garbage collector, a pre-tenured object is one that is allocated directly in the old generation. Pre-tenuring long-lived objects can reduce the number of times that they are scanned or copied during garbage collection. Previous work has investigated pre-tenuring based on off-line analysis of execution traces. In contrast, this paper presents a dynamic technique in which the decision to pre-tenure a particular kind of object is taken at run-time. This allows decisions to depend on the inputs of a particular application run and also allows decisions to be changed as the application enters different phases. An implementation is presented for the Java Virtual Machine.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inInternational Symposium on Memory Management (ISMM '00)
SeriesACM SIGPLAN Notices
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