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Design of a strongly typed parallel programming language based on CSP

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Lian, Benjamin Yin Hon (1989) Design of a strongly typed parallel programming language based on CSP. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Hoare's CSP espouses a very simple programming model, that of combining sequential
processes in parallel so that they cooperate in the execution of a task,
communicating values whenever required. Since its introduction in 1978, CSP has
undergone major modifications, and has also been given an elegant and reasonably
sound mathematical semantics based on the failures-divergence model. However,
whereas the original version of CSP was offered as a partial language proposal,
the current version is more of a calculus for specifying and reasoning about the
observable (possibly nondeterministic) behaviour of processes. This is due in large
part to three factors: (1) some of CSP's combinators for process composition are
too abstract and powerful, and may have to be either modified or left out altogether;
(2) there is no well-defined type system; (3) the syntax is not conducive
to large-scale programming.
This thesis presents the design of Impala, a strongly-typed imperative parallel
programming language based on CSP. Impala, an acronym for 'Imperative Parallel
Language', demonstrates that with care it is possible to produce a high-level
process-oriented language that is intuitive and powerful, yet simple and practical.
It is, in the first instance, suitable for general-purpose use, and achieves maximum
functionality with minimum complexity and confusion.
Also included are a summary. of CSP's failures-divergence semantics, and a
preliminary report on Impala.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Parallel programming (Computer science)
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 1991. Includes bibliographical references (p. 182-190)

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