Programming with event loops and control loops – From actors to agents

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Computer Languages, Systems & Structures 45, pages 80–104

Event loops are a main control architecture to implement actors. In this paper we first analyse the impact that this choice has on the design of actor-based concurrent programs. Then, we discuss control loops as the main architecture adopted to implement agents, and we frame them as an extension of event loops effective to improve the programming of autonomous components that need to integrate both reactive and proactive behaviors, in a modular way.

keywordsEvent loops, Control loops, Concurrent programming, Actors, Agents, Agent-oriented programming
funding project
wrenchCINA — Compositionality, Interaction, Negotiation, Autonomicity for the future ICT society (01/01/2013–31/12/2015)