in reply to Memory overhead of blessed hashes

It's my understanding that bless just populates a pointer-value in the data structure to allow -> semantics to be used against it.

Although you don't say how large each object/hash is, "100k of them" does not sound like a problem unless you have a leak. Look for any point in the code where one object acquires a reference to another. If you need that, "weaken" those references. (Scalar::Util)

Test::Memory::Cycle can also help you look for these problems it's generally cheap enough that you can salt your code with calls to it and just leave them there.