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    • Ben Gamari's avatar
      rts: Implement concurrent collection in the nonmoving collector · d7017446
      Ben Gamari authored
      This extends the non-moving collector to allow concurrent collection.
      
      The full design of the collector implemented here is described in detail
      in a technical note
      
          B. Gamari. "A Concurrent Garbage Collector For the Glasgow Haskell
          Compiler" (2018)
      
      This extension involves the introduction of a capability-local
      remembered set, known as the /update remembered set/, which tracks
      objects which may no longer be visible to the collector due to mutation.
      To maintain this remembered set we introduce a write barrier on
      mutations which is enabled while a concurrent mark is underway.
      
      The update remembered set representation is similar to that of the
      nonmoving mark queue, being a chunked array of `MarkEntry`s. Each
      `Capability` maintains a single accumulator chunk, which it flushed
      when it (a) is filled, or (b) when the nonmoving collector enters its
      post-mark synchronization phase.
      
      While the write barrier touches a significant amount of code it is
      conceptually straightforward: the mutator must ensure that the referee
      of any pointer it overwrites is added to the update remembered set.
      However, there are a few details:
      
       * In the case of objects with a dirty flag (e.g. `MVar`s) we can
         exploit the fact that only the *first* mutation requires a write
         barrier.
      
       * Weak references, as usual, complicate things. In particular, we must
         ensure that the referee of a weak object is marked if dereferenced by
         the mutator. For this we (unfortunately) must introduce a read
         barrier, as described in Note [Concurrent read barrier on deRefWeak#]
         (in `NonMovingMark.c`).
      
       * Stable names are also a bit tricky as described in Note [Sweeping
         stable names in the concurrent collector] (`NonMovingSweep.c`).
      
      We take quite some pains to ensure that the high thread count often seen
      in parallel Haskell applications doesn't affect pause times. To this end
      we allow thread stacks to be marked either by the thread itself (when it
      is executed or stack-underflows) or the concurrent mark thread (if the
      thread owning the stack is never scheduled). There is a non-trivial
      handshake to ensure that this happens without racing which is described
      in Note [StgStack dirtiness flags and concurrent marking].
      Co-Authored-by: Ömer Sinan Ağacan's avatarÖmer Sinan Ağacan <omer@well-typed.com>
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