garbage collection in a distributed environment

Travis Griggs tgriggs at
Fri Jun 19 16:30:48 UTC 1998

Adam Bridge wrote:

> I've been told that garbage collection techniques don't work when objects
> are shared in a distributed enviornment.
> Is this the case?
> It seems like there should be ways in which networked objects are GC'd as
> part of the vending mechanism.

The text "Garbage Collection" by Richard Jones and Rafael Lins has a chapter
(12) in it that talks about distributed garbage collection for about 20
pages. It's not impossible, but it adds additional difficulties. Basically
what it comes down to though, is that the work/research just hasn't been done
yet (relative to the amount of work/years that have been spent on garbage
collection for single systems).

Travis Griggs
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