Would this new device be called a.... GCU? https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/hardware/this-little-device-relieves-a-cpu-from-its-garbage-collection-duties
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.
@enkiv2 We did bring Unix to the masses, but most people are limited to a crippled bastardization of Unix instead of having a fully functional general computing environment - or the education necessary to take advantage of such an environment.
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"?
Une instance se voulant accueillante pour les personnes queers, féministes et anarchistes ainsi que pour leurs sympathisant·e·s. Nous sommes principalement francophones, mais vous êtes les bienvenu·e·s quelque soit votre langue.