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If researching computer history has taught me anything, it's that basically nothing meaningful or interesting with regard to computers was invented after 1979, and that since January 1st 1980, 100% of our progress has been in the form of incremental improvements in the scalability (speed, reliability, cost, size, node count) of 70s tech.

Many of Engelbart's ideas have yet to be realised, 50 years on

@ninja @starbreaker @enkiv2 The notion of garbage collection hardware is not new, but making one that can effectively be used by a variety of different garbage collected languages is nontrivial.

I wonder if this thing also watches the memory bus to avoid the need for write barriers? I also wonder if it's actually able to do exact GC, if it's conservative, or if it's more like a programmable GPU where you send it "GC programs"?

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Having only read the article, not the paper, I got the impression that this device required compiler support & was basically dedicated hardware for managing refcounts -- hardware that would keep its object mapping internally and perform GC scans whenever.

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I am surprised at the differentiation and radiation of the computational complexity "zoo" since that time.

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A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.