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Parallel and distributed Haskells. (English) Zbl 1037.68026
Summary: Parallel and distributed languages specify computations on multiple processors and have a computation language to describe the algorithm, i.e. what to compute, and a coordination language to describe how to organise the computations across the processors. Haskell has been used as the computation language for a wide variety of parallel and distributed languages, and this paper is a comprehensive survey of implemented languages. We outline parallel and distributed language concepts and classify Haskell extensions using them. Similar example programs are used to illustrate and contrast the coordination languages, and the comparison is facilitated by the common computation language. A lazy language is not an obvious choice for parallel or distributed computation, and we address the question of why Haskell is a common functional computation language.

MSC:
68N15 Theory of programming languages
68N18 Functional programming and lambda calculus
68N19 Other programming paradigms (object-oriented, sequential, concurrent, automatic, etc.)
Software:
Haskell
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