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Author Guyer, Samuel Z. ♦ Ricci, Nathan P. ♦ Moss, J. Eliot B.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Computer programming, programs & data
Subject Keyword Garbage collection ♦ Java ♦ Traces ♦ Merlin algorithm
Abstract We present Elephant Tracks (ET), a dynamic program analysis tool for Java that produces detailed traces of garbage collection-related events, including object allocations, object deaths, and pointer updates. Like prior work, our tracing tool is based on the Merlin algorithm [6,7], but offers several substantial new capabilities. First, it is much more precise than previous tools: it traces method entries and exits and measures time in terms of them, allowing it to place events precisely in the context of the program structure. Second, it is implemented using a combination of JVM Tool Interface (JVMTI)[13] callbacks and bytecode rewriting, and works with any standard JVM. Finally, it produces complete traces, including weak references, events from the Java Native Interface and sun.misc.Unsafe, and VM start up objects. In this paper we also explore the general design space of tracing tools, and carefully define the execution model that the traces represent.
Description Affiliation: Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA (Ricci, Nathan P.; Guyer, Samuel Z.) || University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA (Moss, J. Eliot B.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1983-05-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGPLAN Notices (SIGP)
Volume Number 48
Issue Number 11
Page Count 10
Starting Page 109
Ending Page 118


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