%A Adam T. Sampson, Neil C.C. Brown
%E Peter H. Welch, Herman Roebbers, Jan F. Broenink, Frederick R. M. Barnes, Carl G. Ritson, Adam T. Sampson, G. S. Stiles, Brian Vinter
%B Communicating Process Architectures 2009
%X As part of the CoSMoS project, we have implemented a variety
of complex systems simulations using occam\-pi. occam\-pi is
unusual in that it provides built\-in support for
synchronisation against a real\-time clock, but simulations
generally need to run faster or slower than real time. We
describe the idea of a \[dq]clock\[dq] \-\- a
new synchronisation primitive for process\-oriented
programming, similar to a barrier but extended with a sense
of time. Clocks can be used to provide simulated time in a
complex systems simulation, and can also be used to
implement efficient phase synchronisation for
controlling access to shared resources.
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