JEP proposed to target JDK 11: 318: Epsilon: An Arbitrarily Low-Overhead Garbage Collector

Stefan Johansson stefan.johansson at
Thu Jan 18 09:12:39 UTC 2018

On 2018-01-17 10:43, Aleksey Shipilev wrote:
> On 01/17/2018 12:50 AM, charlie hunt wrote:
>> Seems with what is being proposed is essentially a “no GC” type of ability … a command line
>> option of -XX:+NoGC or -XX:+UseNoGC would probably be better understood as to what it generally
>> does, and the consequence of exhausting Java heap space since there is “no GC”.
> How very unpoetical :) Epsilon has the origin story for its name, see the JEP. Most people,
> including prospective users, know this feature under "Epsilon" and some expressed the love for the
> name. So, as long as there is no overwhelming amount of strong opinions against it, I'd keep the
> name as is.
I'm with Charlie here, I think -XX:+UseNoGC would be better and much 
more descriptive name for this feature.

> -Aleksey

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