Squeak 5 is out!


The Weekly Squeak

squeak5.0

From: Chris Muller,

In the 17 months since Squeak 4.5 was released, a huge development effort took place to create the next generation virtual-machine for the Squeak / Pharo / Newspeak family of programming systems.  Squeak is the modern incarnation of the Smalltalk-80 programming environment originally developed at the Xerox PARC.

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“Squeak 5” introduces this new VM and associated new memory model, collectively referred to as “Spur”.  Presented [1] by Eliot Miranda and Clément Béra at the 2015 International Symposium on Memory Management, this new VM affords Squeak applications a significant boost in performance and memory management.  Among other optimizations, the #become operation no longer requires a memory scan.

Object pinning and ephemerons are also now supported.  The release notes [2] provide more details.

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The new memory model requires a new image file format.  Although this new format results in about a 15% increased memory requirement for the same number…

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