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Presentation: Pony, Actors, Causality, Types, and Garbage Collection

Track: Modern Compilation Targets

Location: Windsor, 5th flr.

Duration: 5:25pm - 6:15pm

Day of week: Tuesday

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I will give an overview of Pony’s programming model, actors, and causality. I will introduce the type system, how it is used to allow actors to send mutable state while also avoiding data races, and how the type system is used so as to allow the actors to perform garbage collection fully concurrently with one another and with normal execution.


Speaker: Sophia Drossopoulou

Professor at Imperial College

Sophia Drossopoulou is a Professor at Imperial College with research interests in the design and implementation of programming languages, and in program verification. She was part of the original Pony team.

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