Two step allocator for 64-bit systems

Authored by gcampax.


Two step allocator for 64-bit systems

The current OS memory allocator conflates the concepts of allocating
address space and allocating memory, which makes the HEAP_ALLOCED()
implementation excessively complicated (as the only thing it cares
about is address space layout) and slow. Instead, what we want
is to allocate a single insanely large contiguous block of address
space (to make HEAP_ALLOCED() checks fast), and then commit subportions
of that in 1MB blocks as we did before.
This is currently behind a flag, USE_LARGE_ADDRESS_SPACE, that is only enabled for
certain OSes.

Test Plan: validate

Reviewers: simonmar, ezyang, austin

Subscribers: thomie, carter

Differential Revision:

GHC Trac Issues: Trac #9706