Towards Compile-Time Optimisations for Persistence

Hosking, Antony L. and Moss, J. Eliot B.


We consider how a persistent programming language might offer performance competitive with that of non-persistent languages, at least on memory resident data. We are concerned with object-oriented languages, and with implementing persistence via object faulting, where the system detects uses of non-resident objects and fetches them on demand. We present some background on object faulting and means for implementing it, and describe a specific language we are developing, namely Persistent Modula-3. Then we explore approaches to optimising persistence aspects of Persistent Modula-3, and outline techniques under consideration in our compiler development effort.

  author = {Hosking, Antony L. and Moss, J. Eliot B.},
  title = {Towards Compile-Time Optimisations for Persistence},
  booktitle = {International Workshop on Persistent Object Systems},
  series = {POS},
  year = {1990},
  editor = {Dearle, Alan and Shaw, Gail and Zdonik, Stan},
  pages = {17--27},
  month = {September},
  address = {Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts},
  publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
  gscholar = {32}