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You said that memory security model is intended to be very coarse grained. Many x86 garbage collected systems use page-sized protections in the MMU in order to inject read/write barriers based on page type, and to manage dirty flags in old generation memory pages. These security mappings can be modified on every trap, or at least on every GC cycle. Is this sort of thinking compatible with Mill memory security regions?

Systems like the JVM use memory reads into areas made unreadable as a safe-pointing device. To my understanding, the x86’s speculative processing guarantees the trap is raised before any side effects from further instructions are committed. In the more logically asynchronous memory model of the Mill, does this guarantee still hold?

Not really security related: When JITting, do you need to generate member-specific code or can you write to the family-wide portable binary spec and use the loader to optimize and inject it into your memory space?