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Antony Hosking

Australian National University

Antony Hosking is Professor and Director of the School of Computing at the Australian National University in Canberra.


Antony Hosking is Professor of Computer Science at the Australian National University, and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University, West Lafayette (on leave from 2015). He received a BSc in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 1985, and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, in 1987. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, receiving a PhD in Computer Science in 1995.He was named a Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2012, a member of AITO in 2013, and is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He regularly serves on programme and steering committees of major conferences, mostly focused on programming language design and implementation.


    MSc, University of Waikato, New Zealand, 1986
    BSc, University of Adelaide, Australia, 1985
    PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1995

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    His work is in the area of programming language design and implementation, with specific interests in database and persistent programming languages, object-oriented database systems, dynamic memory management, compiler optimisations, and architectural support for programming languages and applications.

Personal Interests

    He is married, with five children. When the opportunity arises, he most enjoys sitting somewhere behind the bowler’s arm on the first day of any Test match at the Adelaide Oval.



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Second Edition of the The Garbage Collection Handbook coming soon

By: Antony Hosking
Subjects: Computer Science & Engineering

Published in 1996, Richard Jones's Garbage Collection was a milestone book in the area of automatic memory management. Its widely acclaimed successor, The Garbage Collection Handbook: The Art of Automatic Memory Management, captured the state of the field in 2012 but this has once again grown considerably, sparking a need for an updated look at the latest state-of-the-art developments. This second edition updates the handbook, bringing together a wealth of knowledge gathered by automatic memory management researchers and developers over the past sixty years. The authors compare the most important approaches and state-of-the-art techniques in a single, accessible framework.

The book addresses new challenges to garbage collection made by recent advances in hardware and software. It explores the consequences of these changes for designers and implementers of high performance garbage collectors. Along with simple and traditional algorithms, the book covers state-of-the-art parallel, incremental, concurrent and real-time garbage collection. Algorithms and concepts are often described with pseudocode and illustrations.

Features of this edition

    • Provides a complete, up-to-date, and authoritative sequel to the 1996 and 2012 books
    • Offers thorough coverage of parallel, concurrent, and real-time garbage collection algorithms
    • Discusses in detail modern, high-performance commercial collectors
    • Explains some of the trickier aspects of garbage collection, including the interface
      to the run-time system
    • Over 90 more pages including new chapters on persistence and energy-aware
      garbage collection
    • Backed by a comprehensive online database of over 3,400 garbage collection-related publications

The adoption of garbage collection by almost all modern programming languages makes a thorough understanding of this topic essential for any programmer. This authoritative handbook gives expert insight on how different collectors work as well as the various issues currently facing garbage collectors. Armed with this knowledge, programmers can confidently select and configure the many choices of garbage collectors.




Garbage Collection Handbook e-book edition!

By: Antony Hosking
Subjects: Computer Science & Engineering

The Garbage Collection Handbook will shortly be released in e-book form.  The e-book has a number of enhancements over the print version. In particular, it is heavily hyperlinked. There are clickable links from every reference to its target (chapter, section, algorithm, figure, table and so on). Clicking on a citation will take the reader to its entry in the bibliography, many of which have a digital object identifier (‘doi’), in turn a link to the original paper. Each entry in the bibliography also includes a list of pages from which it was cited; these are links back to the referring citations. Similarly, entries in the index contain links to the pages where the entry was mentioned. Finally, technical terms in the text have been linked to their entries in the glossary.