ActorSpace: An Open Distributed Programming Paradigm

Gul Agha, Christian J. Callsen

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We present a new programming paradigm called ActorSpace. ActorSpace provides a new communication model based on destination patterns. An actorSpace is a computationally passive container of actors which acts as a context for matching patterns. Patterns are matched against listed attributes of actors and actorSpaces that are visible in the actorSpace. Both visibility and attributes are dynamic. Messages may be sent to one or all members of a group defined by a pattern. The paradigm provides powerful support for component-based construction of massively parallel and distributed applications. In particular, it supports open interfaces to servers and pattern-directed access to software repositories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-32
Number of pages10
JournalACM SIGPLAN Notices
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 7 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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