Actor frameworks for the JVM platform: A comparative analysis

Rajesh K. Karmani, Amin Shali, Gul A Agha

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Abstract

The problem of programming scalable multicore processors has renewed interest in message-passing languages and frameworks. Such languages and frameworks are typically actor-oriented, implementing some variant of the standard Actor semantics. This paper analyzes some of the more significant efforts to build actor-oriented frameworks for the JVM platform. It compares the frameworks in terms of their execution semantics, the communication and synchronization abstractions provided, and the representations used in the implementations. It analyzes the performance of actor-oriented frameworks to determine the costs of supporting different actor properties on JVM. The analysis suggests that with suitable optimizations, standard Actor semantics and some useful communication and synchronization abstractions may be supported with reasonable efficiency on the JVM platform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Programming in Java, PPPJ 2009
Pages11-20
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 23 2009
Event7th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Programming in Java, PPPJ 2009 - Calgary, AB, United States
Duration: Aug 27 2009Aug 28 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Programming in Java, PPPJ 2009

Other

Other7th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Programming in Java, PPPJ 2009
CountryUnited States
CityCalgary, AB
Period8/27/098/28/09

Keywords

  • Abstractions
  • Actors
  • Comparison
  • Frameworks
  • JVM
  • Java
  • Libraries
  • Performance
  • Semantics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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    Karmani, R. K., Shali, A., & Agha, G. A. (2009). Actor frameworks for the JVM platform: A comparative analysis. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Programming in Java, PPPJ 2009 (pp. 11-20). [1596658] (Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Programming in Java, PPPJ 2009). https://doi.org/10.1145/1596655.1596658