Hi Eliot, Hi all,

On mac and linux, Spur uses mmap to allocate new segments. The V3 memory manager used malloc instead. I've looked into many other VMs (Javascript and Java), and most of them use posix_memalign (basically malloc where you can ask for specific alignment)

I am wondering why we are using mmap over posix_memalign / mallocThe only reason I can find is that Spur always allocate new memory segments at a higher address than past segments to guarantee that young objects are on lower addresses than old objects for the write barrier. Is that correct?

Assuming it is correct, let's say I change Spur to implement the write barrier differently (typically, I change all objects to be aligned on 128 bits instead of 64 and have different allocation alignment for young (128 bits alignment) and old objects(128+64 bits alignment)). Will we be able to use posix_memalign / malloc to allocate new memory segment if I do that ? Or does the VM rely on segments being on higher addresses for other reasons ? For example, does the VM assume CogMethods are on lower addresses than objects on heap and rely on it to check if a stack frame is mframe or iframe ?