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Memory Pool System Kit Readme

:author: Richard Brooksby :organization: Ravenbrook Limited 📅 2002-05-20 :revision: $Id$ :confidentiality: public

This is the Memory Pool System Kit -- a complete set of sources for using, modifying, and adapting the MPS. This document will give you a very brief overview and tell you where to find more information.

Overview of the MPS

The Memory Pool System (MPS) is a very general, adaptable, flexible, reliable, and efficient memory management system. It permits the flexible combination of memory management techniques, supporting manual and automatic memory management, in-line allocation, finalization, weakness, and multiple concurrent co-operating incremental generational garbage collections. It also includes a library of memory pool classes implementing specialized memory management policies.

The MPS has been in development since 1994 and deployed in successful commercial products since 1997. Bugs are almost unknown in production. It is under continuous development and support by Ravenbrook <https://www.ravenbrook.com/>__.

The MPS is distributed under the BSD 2-clause open source license (see <license.txt>_).

Getting started

The MPS Kit is a complete set of sources and documentation to enable you to use, modify, and adapt the MPS: source code, manuals, procedures, design documentation, and so on. See <manual/html/index.html>_ for an index.

The MPS Kit is distributed in source form. You need to build it before using it. The basic case is straightforward on supported platforms (see below)::

cd code
cc -O2 -c mps.c     Unix / macOS (with Xcode command line)
cl /O2 /c mps.c     Windows (with Microsoft SDK or Visual Studio 2010)

This will produce an object file you can link with your project. For details of how to configure the MPS, build libraries and tests, use IDEs, autoconf, etc. see Building the MPS <manual/build.txt>__.

For an example of using the MPS, see the Scheme interpreter example <example/scheme/>_.

Then, to program and integrate the MPS you'll definitely need to read the manual <manual/html/index.html>_.

Supported target platforms

The MPS is currently supported for deployment on:

  • Windows Vista or later, on IA-32 and x86-64, using Microsoft Visual C/C++;

  • Linux 2.6 or later, on IA-32 using GCC and on x86-64 using GCC or Clang/LLVM;

  • FreeBSD 7 or later, on IA-32 and x86-64, using GCC or Clang/LLVM;

  • macOS 10.4 or later, on x86-64, using Clang/LLVM.

The MPS is highly portable and has run on many other processors and operating systems in the past (see Building the MPS <manual/guide/build.html>__). Most of the MPS is written in very pure ANSI C and compiles without warnings on anything.

.. warning::

If you are running a multi-threaded 32-bit application on 64-bit
Windows 7 via the WOW64 emulator, then you must install this
hotfix from Microsoft:
`<http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2864432/en-us>`__. See
`<http://zachsaw.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/wow64-bug-getthreadcontext-may-return.html>`__
for a description of the problem.

Getting help

You can obtain expert professional support for the MPS from Ravenbrook Limited <https://www.ravenbrook.com/>__, the developers of the MPS, who have many years of experience in commercial memory management systems. Write to us at [email protected] for more information.

You might also want to join the MPS discussion mailing list. To join, visit http://mailman.ravenbrook.com/mailman/listinfo/mps-discussion .

Document History

========== ===== ====================================================== 2002-05-20 RB_ Original author: Richard Brooksby, Ravenbrook Limited. 2002-05-20 RB_ Created based on template from P4DTI project. 2002-06-18 NB_ Minor updates and corrections. 2002-06-18 RB_ Removed obsolete requirement for MASM. 2002-06-19 NB_ Added note on self-extracting archive 2006-01-30 RHSK_ Update from "1.100.1" to "1.106.1". 2006-03-30 RHSK_ Add section 2: What's new. 2006-04-11 RHSK_ Update from "1.106.1" to "1.106.2". 2006-04-14 RHSK_ Merge updates from version/1.106 back to master. 2006-06-29 RHSK_ Note fixed job001421, job001455. 2006-12-13 RHSK_ Release 1.107.0 2007-07-05 RHSK_ Release 1.108.0 2007-12-21 RHSK_ Release 1.108.1 2008-05-01 RHSK_ Release 1.108.2 2010-03-03 RHSK_ Release 1.109.0 2012-08-14 RB_ Updating build instructions for new platforms. 2012-09-05 RB_ Considerably reduced ready for version 1.110. Now brought to you in glorious reStructuredText. 2014-01-13 GDR_ Updated supported platforms. 2014-07-04 GDR_ Link to hotfix for WOW64 bug. 2016-03-24 RB_ Adding support for FreeBSD with Clang/LLVM. 2020-05-22 PNJ_ Changed to BSD 2-clause licence. ========== ===== ======================================================

.. _PNJ: mailto:[email protected] .. _GDR: mailto:[email protected] .. _NB: mailto:[email protected] .. _RB: mailto:[email protected] .. _RHSK: mailto:[email protected]

Copyright and Licence

Copyright © 2001–2020 Ravenbrook Limited <https://www.ravenbrook.com/>_.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

  2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

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