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Re: Re: Re: On timely destruction?

by jepri (Parson)
on Aug 28, 2002 at 06:01 UTC ( #193369=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Thanks for the detailed explanation. Now I can see what you are trying for.

To put the quote in context, it came from the manual for the Lisp machine on my Palm Pilot. Which is probably only slightly faster than the VAX you quote in your example.

I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: On timely destruction?
by Elian (Parson) on Aug 28, 2002 at 06:59 UTC
    The palm's a bit faster than an old 11/780. (Which is more than 25 years old now) It's also possible that the Lisp you're using considers the entire memory part of its root set, which can slow things down a lot, as can poor structure allocation policies. (Parrot's dodged both those issues)

    It may also just be that the GC on that version of lisp sucks, and the folks writing it are used to long pauses while running. :)

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