%T MALT: A Multiway Alternation Construct for occam
%A Adam K. L. Wong, Francis C. M. Lau
%E Peter H. Welch, André W. P. Bakkers
%B Proceedings of WoTUG\-21: Architectures, Languages and Patterns for Parallel and Distributed Applications
%X 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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