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Jacques Cohen. 1981. Garbage collection of linked data structures.

A concise and unified view of the numerous existing algorithms for performing garbage collection of linked data structures is presented. The emphasis is on garbage collection proper, rather than on storage allocation.

First, the classical garbage collection algorithms and their marking and collecting phases, with and without compacting, are discussed.

Algorithms describing these phases are classified according to the type of cells to be collected: those for collecting single-sized cells are simpler than those for varisized cells. Recently proposed algorithms are presented and compared with the classical ones. Special topics in garbage collection are also covered. A bibliography with topical annotations is included.