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An Object Oriented Style for the Computing Surface

Authors: Chalmers, Matthew


During the development of a ray tracer on a Meiko Computing Surface, problems with poor flexibility of configuration and slow software development were encountered. In order to overcome these difficulties, and in order to facilitate experimental programming on the Meiko, a system to support an object-oriented style for Occam' programming was developed. The aim was to create a set of library modules that would allow user code to be quickly developed and integrated into existing programs, to support better debugging facilities than were currently available, and to allow program design to be based on a more flexible and dynamic model of concurrency than the process modelThis system has been rewritten in order to introduce new features and to take advantage of the availability of C. The new system is described, with the emphasis on how experience with the system influenced its redesign, and on the details of newer elements such as the improved facilities for monitoring and debugging.


OUG-11: Developing Transputer Applications, J. Wexler, 1989, pp 150 - 158 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam

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