We can probably agree that we don't know about the impact on a
large multimedia application written in D. What you can
communicate is: Create a @nogc thread routine and don't
register it with the GC to write real-time VSTs.
Guillaume did a good job, taking the GC out of the real-time
thread. It's D, it is a bit of a hack, it's the correct way to
do it and works. But I don't see it debunking any myths about
GC and real time...
A) It doesn't mix them to begin with.
B) "Realtime GCs" are a thing. D's GC is not optimized for
such a use case.
C) With a small heap it doesn't matter. (We need more complex
What I've seen is a program, a non-linear video editor, called
PowerDirector that pauses for seconds every now and then.
These pauses reminded me a lot of GC pauses, but I can't be
sure. Although memory use is less after the pause, it could
also be a cleaning of caches. In any case quite a few of these
applications try to make "good use" of available RAM, causing
constant memory pressure.
Now there has been so much talk about the GC that I don't even
know what the filter does!