%T An Object Oriented Style for the Computing Surface
%A Matthew Chalmers
%E J. Wexler
%B OUG\-11: Developing Transputer Applications
%X 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\[rs] 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.
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