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The 2008 International Symposium on Memory Management

7-8 June, Tucson, Arizona

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ISMM is a forum for research in management of dynamically allocated memory. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: explicit storage allocation and deallocation; garbage collection algorithms and implementations; compiler analyses to aid memory management; interactions with languages, operating systems, and hardware, especially the memory system; memory management related tools; and empirical studies of allocation and referencing behavior in programs that make significant use of dynamic memory. ISMM solicits full-length papers on all areas of memory management. Survey papers that present an aspect of memory management with a new coherence are also welcome.


The program, abstracts and slides of talks are here.
The ISMM'08 programme was diverse. As well as papers on garbage collection and explicit deallocation, authors presented work on automatic management of non-memory resources, studies of memory locality, heap compression, object demographics, leak detection and models for bounding memory resources.


Awards for the Best presentation were made to Jennifer Sartor, University of Texas and Filip Pizlo, Purdue University. It is particularly pleasing that both these speakers are students. Laurence Hellyer, University of Kent, was awarded the prize for the best student lightning talk.

After the Wild and Crazy ideas session, ISMM participants voted to award prizes. Prizes were awarded for the craziest idea (Mike Bond, University of Texas) and the idea most worthy of implementation (Emery Berger, University of Massachusetts).


Putting together ISMM'08 was a team effort and we had a great team. First, we would like to thank all authors who submitted work to ISMM. We particularly wish to thank PC and RC members who did an extraordinary job under an extremely tight schedule. We would like to thank Dan Grossman for generously hosting the PC meeting at the University of Washington, and Julie Svendsen for working so hard to ensure that it went so smoothly. We particularly thank our keynote speaker, David Bacon, for his contribution to this year's programme. Finally, we would like to thank our sponsor ACM SIGPLAN and our supporters, Microsoft Research and Intel.

Richard Jones, General Chair
Steve Blackburn, Programme Chair

Important dates Camera-ready copy: 7 April 2008
Conference: 7-8 June 2008

Previous ISMM conferences ISMM 2008 continues the tradition of the successful conference series established with the International Workshops on Memory Management held in 1992 and 1995. Since 1998 ISMM has been held biennially, co-located with either OOPSLA or PLDI, and as of 2007 has switched to an annual conference. Proceedings of the IWMM workshops are available from Springer-Verlag (Lecture Notes in Computer Science nos. 637 and 986), while the ISMM proceedings are published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


Sponsors ISMM is grateful for the kind support of its sponsors
Sponsored by Microsoft Research Sponsored by Intel