Prompted by various discussions elsewhere, I am on the search for recent experimental results and/or people doing or about to do experiments. The questions all relate to the models of parallel software: shared-memory multithreading, Actor Model, Dataflow Model, Communicating Sequential Processes (CSP), data parallelism.
Question 1 is: is synchronous message passing easier for programmers to work with than asynchronous message passing. Question 2 is: are the case classes of Actor Model easier for programmers to work with than the select statement of Dataflow Model and CSP. There are more but those are the two "biggies". There is a lot of people who know precious little about psychology using advocacy research out there building up various "known facts" about what is and is not better from a cognitive perspective. Some of them base this on observed anecdotal evidence which gives it some legitimacy, some of them are peddling their own beliefs. So real experimental evidence from people who know what they are doing would be most welcome. Thanks. -- Russel. ============================================================================= Dr Russel Winder t: +44 20 7585 2200 voip: sip:russel.win...@ekiga.net 41 Buckmaster Road m: +44 7770 465 077 xmpp: rus...@russel.org.uk London SW11 1EN, UK w: www.russel.org.uk skype: russel_winder
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