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%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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