Monday, August 06, 2012

On the Evaluation of Space-Time Functions

Back in May, I discussed my ongoing obsession with first class space-time functions---programs that can be dynamically created, moved around, and operate on one another, even though they're being run distributed over many devices scattered across space and time.

We've now made another step forward, with the publication of a new paper, On the Evaluation of Space-Time Functions.  This paper is an extension of last year's Spatial Computing Workshop paper, generalizing the results to be not just about Proto, but in fact any distributed computing system (of which Proto is simply our prototypical example).

I'm rather proud of this paper, and think it's a fairly readable discussion of these concepts---though still not for the faint of heart.
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