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bug#39361: continuation and gc performance

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#39361: continuation and gc performance
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2020 18:33:41 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.3 (gnu/linux)

Hi Stefan,

Stefan Israelsson Tampe <address@hidden> skribis:

> I think I found a gc leak in guile 3.0
> Isn't it so that so the continuation keep a copy of the stack. The issue is
> that in the stack a raw integer or float may be present and so the gc
> properties is less then ideal as those may be interpreted as pointers by
> the GC and lead to parts of the heap being kept from garnage collecting.
> The information about a slot being a raw value or a scm value is
> available as we do the correct gc updating of the stack inside guile 3.0.
> May I propose that we add a bitvector to the continuation that indicate
> that if a lslot is raw or not. Then add a pass that collect the rawness
> information in the creation of the closure. Finally a custom made mark
> procedure for closures can be made that uses all this information to make
> sure to mark only scm slots in the stored continuation therby improving gc
> perfromance.

I believe what you describe is already what happens in
‘scm_i_vm_mark_stack’.  Or am I missing something?


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