The University of Sussex

A note on efficient context switching

Allan Ramsay

It is often convenient to be able to save and subsequently restore the state of a computation. It is also, in general, rather expensive. We present a technique whereby states may be saved and restored extremely fast, and yet the information stored in a given state may be accessed and updated reasonably quickly. This technique depends on an indexing scheme which can be used to see whether the last value assigned to a variable is still valid, or whether it must be retrieved from some previous context (and if so, which one).

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