rustc-arena ported to stable rust with additional features

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rustc-arena-modified: rustc-arena ported to stable rust with additional features

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Why would you want this?

  • Allocating objects in an arena can be faster then regular allocation
  • An arena doubles as a collection where you can insert objects behind a shared reference. Instead of Cloneing objects and possibly using Rcs, use an Arena and copy the references.

What about typed-arena and bumpalo?

  • rustc_arena_modified::TypedArena allows coalescing and clearing objects behind a mutable reference, while saving the chunks so they don't need to be re-allocated. This is equivalent to calling into_vec and then converting the vector back into an arena, but faster, because you don't need to allocate anything.
  • rustc_arena_modified::TypedArena is also significantly faster at iteration according to the benchmarks (other differences are negligible; see benchmarks)
  • rustc_arena_modified::TypedArena returns a shared reference to allocated values, so it can iterate values behind a shared reference like typed-arena-nomut. Unlike typed-arena-nomut, it can also be no-op converted between rustc_arena_modified::TypedArenaMut, which is the same but returns mutable references. And, you can get iterate mutable element references behind a mutable reference to even the shared arena, because that ensures there are no active shared references.
  • The slab feature provides SlabArena, a wrapper for rustc_arena_modified::TypedArena which makes it keep track of freed elements in a linked list so their memory can be reclaimed. This comes with some drawbacks, like the inability to allocate slices in the free list (???: allow slice allocation, just make it not part of the free list?)
  • TODO: Comparisons between DroplessArena and Bump (note: maybe Bump is objectively better)

What is it?

A port of rustc_arena into stable rust with the following new features:

  • TypedArena::iter to iterate over all objects in the arena
  • TypedArena::retain and TypedArena::clear to coalesce clearing objects behind a mutable reference, while saving the chunks so they don't need to be re-allocated.


This library makes heavy use of unsafe and isn't fully tested with MIRI. There are tests for most operations and edge cases, and the base functionality is copied almost verbatim from rustc_arena which is very well-tested. But the extra functionality is much less tested, and especially with the heavy use of unsafe, it shouldn't be used in production.


Overall, performs around the same speed as rustc_arena and typed_arena, except iteration is significantly faster than typed_arena. slab_arena performs noticeably slower.

Full Report

alloc alloc_from_iter iter into_vec


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Forked from rustc-arena (Github), which is also licensed under MIT "or" Apache 2.0.


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