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That reminds me of the VILW argument: we will make languages really expressive and compilers really smart, then we can get rid of fancy CPU hardware that do instruction scheduling dynamically.

It doesn’t always work. A dynamic tracing GC (or reference counting or using arenas) can be more efficient in ways that static approaches probably won’t be able to effectively emulate. Rust is a great experiment for seeing how far we can go in this area, so we will see.




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