In a programming language with support for garbage collection, a write barrier is a code snippet that maintains the key invariants of the garbage collector. The write barrier is typically executed after a write operation. The write barrier is computationally expensive and can impact program performance. This is true to a greater extent for languages where garbage collectors need to maintain multiple sets of invariants. For example, languages that employ garbage collection schemes with two collectors may maintain their invariants using multiple different write barriers. The techniques of this disclosure address the problem of maintaining multiple invariants by unifying the write barriers and by executing computationally expensive parts of the write barrier in a concurrent thread.
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Lippautz, Michael; Degenbaev, Ulan; and Payer, Hannes, "Unified concurrent write barrier", Technical Disclosure Commons, (March 12, 2019)