simpA: An Agent-oriented Approach for Programming Concurrent Applications on top of Java


Alessandro Ricci, Mirko Viroli, Giulio Piancastelli

Science of Computer Programming 76(1), pages 37-62, January 2011
Elsevier
Carlos Canal, Pascal Poizat, Mirko Viroli (eds.)

More and more aspects of concurrency and concurrent programming are becoming part of mainstream programming and software engineering, due to several factors such as the widespread availability of multi-core/parallel architectures and Internet-based systems. This leads to the extension of mainstream object-oriented programming languages and platforms-Java is a main example-with libraries providing fine-grained mechanisms and idioms to support concurrent programming, in particular for building efficient programs. Besides these fine-grained supports, a main research goal in this context is to devise higher-level, coarse-grained abstractions that would help building concurrent programs as pure object-oriented abstractions help building large component-based programs. To this end, in this paper we present simpA, a Java-based framework that provides programmers with agent-oriented abstractions on top of the basic OO layer, as a means to organize and structure concurrent applications. We first describe the API and annotation framework provided to Java programmers for building simpA applications, then we discuss the main features of the approach from a software engineering point of view, by showing some programming examples. Finally, we define an operational semantics formalizing the main aspects of this programming model.

 @article{simpa-scp76,
Author = {Ricci, Alessandro and Viroli, Mirko and Piancastelli, Giulio},
Doi = {10.1016/j.scico.2010.06.012},
Editor = {Canal, Carlos and Poizat, Pascal and Viroli, Mirko},
Issn = {0167-6423},
Journal = {Science of Computer Programming},
Month = jan,
Number = 1,
Pages = {37--62},
Publisher = {Elsevier Science B.V.},
Title = {{simpA}: An Agent-oriented Approach for Programming Concurrent Applications on top of {J}ava},
Url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167642310001346},
Volume = 76,
Year = 2011

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Alessandro Ricci, Mirko Viroli, Giulio Piancastelli

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Carlos Canal, Pascal Poizat, Mirko Viroli

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Science of Computer Programming

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76

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1

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37-62

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January 2011

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10.1016/j.scico.2010.06.012

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0167-6423

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simpa-scp76
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