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Actors: A Model of Concurrent Computation in Distributed Systems

Actors: A Model of Concurrent Computation in Distributed Systems

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Publication Date: December 17th, 1986
The MIT Press
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The transition from sequential to parallel computation is an area of critical concern in today's computer technology, particularly in architecture, programming languages, systems, and artificial intelligence. This book addresses central issues in concurrency, and by producing both a syntactic definition and a denotational model of Hewitt's actor paradigm—a model of computation specifically aimed at constructing and analyzing distributed large-scale parallel systems—it substantially advances the understanding of parallel computation.

Introduction • General Design Decisions • Computation in ACTOR Systems • A More Expressive Language • A Model for ACTOR Systems • Concurrency Issues • Abstraction and Compositionality • Conclusions

About the Author

Gul Agha is Director of the Open Systems Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science.