The type of allocation

Before we start writing objects into Blocks, we need to know the nature of the interface in Rust terms.

If we consider the global allocator in Rust, implicitly available via Box::new(), Vec::new() and so on, we'll notice that since the global allocator is available on every thread and allows the creation of new objects on the heap (that is, mutation of the heap) from any code location without needing to follow the rules of borrowing and mutable aliasing, it is essentially a container that implements Sync and the interior mutability pattern.

We need to follow suit, but we'll leave Sync for advanced chapters.

An interface that satisfies the interior mutability property, by borrowing the allocator instance immutably, might look like:

trait AllocRaw {
    fn alloc<T>(&self, object: T) -> *const T;

naming it AllocRaw because when layering on top of Block we'll work with raw pointers and not concern ourselves with the lifetime of allocated objects.

It will become a little more complex than this but for now, this captures the essence of the interface.