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Efficient compilation of concurrent call/return communication in actor-based programming languages

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3 Author(s)
Kim, W. ; Open Syst. Lab., Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA ; Agha, G.A. ; Panwar, R.B.

Concurrent call/return communication (CCRC) allows programmers to conveniently express a communication pattern where a sender invokes a remote operation and uses the result to continue its computation. The blocking semantics requires context switching for efficient utilization of computation resource. We present a compilation technique which allows programmers to use CCRC with the cost of non-blocking asynchronous communication plus minimum context switch cost. The technique transforms CCRCs into non-blocking asynchronous sends and encapsulates continuations into separate objects. A data flow analysis is used to guarantee that only necessary context is cached in continuation objects

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High Performance Computing, 1996. Proceedings. 3rd International Conference on

Date of Conference:

19-22 Dec 1996