[gambit-list] Garbage Collection BlackMagic

lowly coder lowlycoder at huoyanjinjing.com
Sun Jun 14 09:35:40 EDT 2009


In the code running at 100fps, I do a minimal amount of allocating. It's
practiaclly:

(vector-for-map *some-vec* draw-object)

(define (draw-object x)
  (call some gl-rotate / gl-translate)
  (gl/CallList x))


However, I do have  _ALOT_ of static data lying around. In fact, I have
large geometric models (from which I derive the open gl display lists) lying
around in memory. They're vectors of lists / other vectors / other lists /
... of points / quads.

This data also doesn't change, except at _very_ predefined locations.

I guess if I can do somethign like:

(##gc)
( somehow tell gambit that the data currently left over is mostly static? )

... continue running ...


That sould be ideal.

why does vector vs list mater much for ##still-copy ?

Thanks!


On Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 5:34 AM, David St-Hilaire <sthilaid at iro.umontreal.ca
> wrote:

> lowly coder wrote:
> > Maybe the right answer is "Don't do this in Gambit", but I'd like to give
> it
> > a try:
> >
> > I'm writing an application, in Gambit. It does OpenGL graphics. It runs
> at
> > 100fps. It's interpreted.
> >
> > Now, put down the pitch fork -- the only thing it's doing at 100Hz is
> >   for 20 different objects
> >     glLoadIdentity
> >     glPushMatrix
> >     some rotation
> >     glCallList
> >     glPopMatrix
> >
> > This works fine, _except_ when I get hit with a gambit gc, it costs me
> like
> > 70ms ... which becomes a noticable lag in my otherwise smoothly rotationg
> > screen.
>
> If your gc costs you about 70ms, that means that your probably allocating
> alot
> of data in the heap (probably some closures?). You might want to try to
> limit
> your memory allocation to, in the end, shorten your gc times.
>
> Also, if you have big chunks of static data, ideally stuffed a flat format
> like
> in a vector or something, then you can also do a (##stil-copy obj) such
> that the
> gc will not move it in the heap after each collection. Of course, this wont
> work
> for list like structures, but should work fine for big flat define-type
> instances.
>
> David
>
>
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