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  title = "{MALT}: {A} {M}ultiway {A}lternation {C}onstruct for occam",
  author= "Wong, Adam K. L. and Lau, Francis C. M.",
  editor= "Welch, Peter H. and Bakkers, Andr\`{e} W. P.",
  pages = "199--210",
  booktitle= "{P}roceedings of {W}o{TUG}-21: {A}rchitectures, {L}anguages and {P}atterns for {P}arallel and {D}istributed {A}pplications",
  isbn= "90 5199 391 9",
  year= "1998",
  month= "mar",
  abstract= "The alternation construct in occam provides a form of binary
     selective communication to the cooperating tasks of a
     concurrent computation. The use of this construct could lead
     to increased responsiveness and efficiency of concurrent
     programs. However, the expressiveness of the construct is
     restricted in the sense that only two parties can be
     involved in a communication. We extend the current
     implementation of the alternation construct to accept an
     arbitrary number of channel inputs such that multiway (as
     opposed to binary) selective communication is made possible.
     A new construct called multiway alternation --
     \"MALT\", is proposed for occam and is implemented
     in the transputer hardware."

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