[gclist] Re: gclist-digest V3 #84

David Chase chase@naturalbridge.com
Wed, 21 Jun 2000 15:01:57 -0400

At 11:31 AM 6/21/00 -0700, Scott Meyer wrote:
>At 09:09 AM 6/21/00 -0400, Lee Webber wrote:
>>Any implementation can avoid inter-thread pointers if all inter-thread
>>communications have deep-copy semantics.  This is limiting of course (and
>>impossible unless deep-copy is implemented or just mandated), but it solves
>>a lot of problems such as this and it makes trivial extending the system to
>>true distributed processing.

>The unglamorous way of saying this is: "You have just re-invented the

Yes and no.  OS Interprocess communication is typically quite expensive.
"Processes" enforced by the language need not be nearly so heavyweight.
On the other hand, the vast differences in overhead mean that extension
to distributed processing is hardly "trivial".

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