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A software complexity perspective on nondeterminism used to support intertask communication

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2 Author(s)
Damerla, S. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Illinois Univ., Chicago, IL, USA ; Shatz, S.M.

The authors discuss the effect of nondeterminism on Ada tasking programs and suggest measures aimed at quantifying the complexity contributed by this factor. Nondeterminism is identified as a key contributing factor to concurrent-software complexity. Using Ada as a model language allowing for intertask communication, the authors discuss language constructs contributing to nondeterminism and derive some complexity measures based on these programming constructs. A discussion of both theoretical and empirical evaluations of the measures is presented

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Computers and Communications, 1991. Conference Proceedings., Tenth Annual International Phoenix Conference on

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27-30 Mar 1991