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CASH - 2018



Section: New Results

Dataflow-explicit futures

Participant : Ludovic Henrio.

A future is a place-holder for a value being computed, and we generally say that a future is resolved when the associated value is computed. In existing languages futures are either implicit, if there is no syntactic or typing distinction between futures and non-future values, or explicit when futures are typed by a parametric type and dedicated functions exist for manipulating futures. We defined a new form of future, named data-flow explicit futures [38], with specific typing rules that do not use classical parametric types. The new futures allow at the same time code reuse and the possibility for recursive functions to return futures like with implicit futures, and let the programmer declare which values are futures and where synchronisation occurs, like with explicit futures. We prove that the obtained programming model is as expressive as implicit futures but exhibits a different behaviour compared to explicit futures. The current status of this work is the following:

  • A paper showing formally the difference between implicit and explicit futures is under submission

  • We are working with collaborators from University of Uppsala and University of Oslo on the design of programming constructs mixing implicit and dataflow-explicit futures

  • Amaury Maillé will do his internship in the Cash team (advised by Matthieu Moy and Ludovic Henrio), working on an implementation of dataflow-explicit futures and further experiments with the model.