The Garbage Collection Handbook
The art of automatic memory management
Richard Jones, Antony Hosking, Eliot Moss
Chapman and Hall/CRC, 978-1420082791

The Garbage Collection Handbook

Richard Jones’s Garbage Collection (Wiley, 1996) was a milestone book in the area of automatic memory management. The field has grown considerably since then, sparking a need for an updated look at the latest state-of-the-art developments. The Garbage Collection Handbook: The Art of Automatic Memory Management (Chapman & Hall, 2012) brings together a wealth of knowledge gathered by automatic memory management researchers and developers over the past fifty years. The authors compare the most important approaches and state-of-the-art techniques in a single, accessible framework.

The book addresses new challenges to garbage collection made by recent advances in hardware and software. It explores the consequences of these changes for designers and implementers of high performance garbage collectors. Along with simple and traditional algorithms, the book covers state-of-the-art parallel, incremental, concurrent, and real-time garbage collection. Algorithms and concepts are often described with pseudocode and illustrations.

The nearly universal adoption of garbage collection by modern programming languages makes a thorough understanding of this topic essential for any programmer. This authoritative handbook gives expert insight on how different collectors work as well as the various issues currently facing garbage collectors. Armed with this knowledge, programmers can confidently select and configure the many choices of garbage collectors.

e-book and translations New!

The e-book is out now. As well as incorporating errata from the 2012 printing, it includes hyperlinks to algorithms, figures, glossary entries, original research papers and many more.

Chinese and Japanese translations were also published in mid-2016. We thank the translators for their work in bringing our book to a wider audience.

Web Resources

The online bibliographic database includes over 2,500 garbage collection-related publications. It contains abstracts for some entries and URLs or DOIs for most of the electronically available ones, and is continually being updated. The database can be searched online or downloaded as BibTeX, PostScript, or PDF.

Features of the book

  • Provides a complete, up-to-date, and authoritative sequel to the 1996 book
  • Offers thorough coverage of parallel, concurrent, and real-time garbage collection algorithms
  • Explains some of the tricky aspects of garbage collection, including the interface to the run-time system
  • Backed by a comprehensive online database of over 2,500 garbage collection-related publications