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An in-depth Look at OCaml’s new “Best-fit” Garbage Collector Strategy

The Garbage Collector probably is OCaml’s greatest unsung hero. Its pragmatic approach allows us to allocate without much fear of efficiency loss. In a way, the fact that most OCaml hackers know little about it is a good sign: you want a runtime to gracefully do its job without having to mind it all the […]

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New version of Try OCaml in beta!

We are happy to announce that our venerable “Try Ocaml” service is being retired and replaced by a new, modern version based upon our work on Learn-OCaml. → Try it here ← The new interface provides an editor panel besides the familiar top-level, error and warning positions highlighting, the latest OCaml release (4.10.0), local storage […]

2019 at OCamlPro

OCamlPro was created to help OCaml and formal methods spread into the industry. We grew from 1 to 21 engineers, still strongly sharing this ambitious goal! The year 2019 at OCamlPro was very lively, with fantastic accomplishments all along! Let’s quickly review the past years’ works, first in the world of OCaml (flambda2 & compiler optimisations, […]

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OCaml JTRT

This time of the year is, just like Christmas time, a time for laughs and magic… although the magic we are talking about, in the OCaml community, is not exactly nice, nor beautiful. Let’s say that we are somehow akin to many religions: we know magic does exist , but that it is satanic and […]

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EzSudoku

As you may have noticed, on the begining of April I have some urge to write something technical about some deeply specific point of OCaml. This time I’d like to tackle that through sudoku. It appearch that Sudoku is of great importance considering the number of posts explaining how to write a solver. Following that […]

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ASM.OCaml

As you may know, there is a subset of Javascript that compiles efficiently to assembly used as backend of various compilers including a C compiler like emscripten. We’d like to present you in the same spirit how never to allocate in OCaml. Before starting to write anything, we must know how to find if a […]

Reduced Memory Allocations with ocp-memprof

In this blog post, we explain how ocp-memprof helped us identify a piece of code in Alt-Ergo that needed to be improved. Simply put, a function that merges two maps was performing a lot of unnecessary allocations, negatively impacting the garbage collector’s activity. A simple patch allowed us to prevent these allocations, and thus speed […]

Yes, ocp-memprof (s)can(f) !

A few months ago, a memory leak in the Scanf.fscanf function of OCaml’s standard library has been reported on the OCaml mailing list. The following “minimal” example reproduces this misbehavior: [code language=”fsharp” title=”(* in file scanf_leak.ml *)”] for i = 0 to 100_000 do let ic = open_in "some_file.txt" in Scanf.fscanf ic "%s" (fun _s […]

Cumulus and ocp-memprof, a love story

In this blog post, we went on the hunt of memory leaks in Cumulus by using our memory profiler: ocp-memprof. Cumulus is a feed aggregator based on Eliom, a framework for programming web sites and client/server web applications, part of the Ocsigen Project. First, run and get the memory snapshots To test and run the […]