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Processes, Tasks, and Monitors: A Comparative Study of Concurrent Programming Primitives

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2 Author(s)
Wegner, P. ; Department of Computer Science, Brown University ; Smolka, S.A.

Three notations for concurrent programming are compared, namely CSP, Ada, and monitors. CSP is an experimental language for exploring structuring concepts in concurrent programming. Ada is a general-purpose language with concurrent programming facilities. Monitors are a construct for managing access by concurrent processes to shared resources. We start by comparing "lower-level" communication, synchronization, and nondeterminism in CSP and Ada and then examine "higher-level" module interface properties of Ada tasks and monitors.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-9 ,  Issue: 4 )

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July 1983

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