[gclist] Name that hypothesis

Rick Hudson hudson@freya.cs.umass.edu
Tue, 3 Dec 1996 10:20:55 -0500 (EST)

>>>>> "Basile" == Basile STARYNKEVITCH <Basile.Starynkevitch@cea.fr> writes:

    >>> What is the name of the following hypothesis?
    >>> "Most references in a system point backwards in time, i.e. from
    >>> younger objects to older objects."
    >>> In the GC community we all know this, and many of us use it
    >>> frequently, but we don't seem to have agreed on a name for it.
    >>> Nick Barnes

    Basile> Actually I think it is called the generational hypothesis.

I thought the generational hypothesis is that new object die at a higher
frequency than older objects. 

Except for languages that discourage or do not allow assignment, I know of no
work that shows that the hypothesis Nick states nor the generational hypothesis
is true for long lived persistent objects or even the references between
mature objects.

- Rick Hudson