A Framework for Gradual Memory Management

I do not know how much interest this community has in the intersection of programming languages, memory management and type systems, but for those intrigued by such topics, you might find this paper on Gradual Memory Management to be worth reading.

It proposes that a language's compiler offer more sophisticated type systems that enable a program to flexibly support multiple memory management mechanisms for improved performance, and do so with safety guaranteed at compile time. The described type systems build up from Rust's lifetime-driven owner/borrower model as well as Pony's reference capabilities (mutability/aliasing permissions). The paper also references Microsoft's experimental work on Midori.

I welcome any feedback or questions.