Go Programming Language

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Notes on Go programming language

Go advocates for making thread creation easy and light-weight and for using message passing over shared memory for inter-thread communication. Indeed, we saw more gor-outines created in Go programs than traditional threads andthere are significant usages of Go channel and other message passing mechanisms. However, our study show that if not used correctly, these two programming practices canpotentially cause concurrency bugs.

Shared memory vs. message passing Our study foundthat message passing does not necessarily make multi-threaded programs less error-prone than shared memory.In fact, message passing is the main cause of blocking bugs.To make it worse, when combined with traditional synchro-nization primitives or with other new language featuresand libraries, message passing can cause blocking bugs thatare very hard to detect. Message passing causes less non-blocking bugs than shared memory synchronization and sur-prisingly, was even used to fix bugs that are caused by wrongshared memory synchronization. We believe that messagepassing offers a clean form of inter-thread communicationand can be useful in passing data and signals. But they areonly useful if used correctly, which requires programmersto not only understand message passing mechanisms wellbut also other synchronization mechanisms of Go.

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garbage collection - How fast is the go 1.5 gc with terabytes of RAM? - Stack Overflow

3-4ms pauses under 1.6, with about an 8GB heap and 150M allocations/minute.