The Transactional Memory / Garbage Collection Analogy
Courtesy of my shiny new commute, I have been listing to various podcasts, including Software Engineering Radio. A while back, they had an interview with Dan Grossman on his OOPSLA 2007 paper, which I have not seen discussed here.
The Transactional Memory / Garbage Collection Analogy is an essay comparing transactional memory with garbage collection based on the analogy:
Grossman presents the analogy as a word-for-word transliteration of a discussion of each of the technologies. (Hence the "fun" category.)
(As an aside, Grossman does not address message-passing, but says,
One point that he does make is that
The one serious weakness of the analogy, to me, is that GC does not require (much) programmer input to work, while TM does.
Although some parts of the analogy are strained, there are some interesting correspondences.
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