Skew-Space Garbage Collection
Semispace garbage collectors relocate all the live objects in one step, which is simple and leads to good performance. Compared with mark-compact collectors, however, they need to reserve extra heap space for copying live objects. As much as half of the heap could be reserved as it is possible that all the allocated objects survive. In reality, however, most programs exhibit a high infant mortality, and therefore reserving half the heap is wasteful. The authors have observed that the memory usage of many ordinary programs is relatively stable over the course of their execution.