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Abstract highlights: “This thesis describes the design and implementation of Scala Actors. Our system offers the efficiency and scalability required by large-scale production systems, in some cases exceeding the performance of state-of-the-art JVM-based actor implementations. At the same time, the programming model (a) avoids the control inversion of event-driven designs, and (b) supports a flexible message reception operation. Thereby, we provide experimental evidence that Erlang-style actors can be implemented on mainstream platforms with only a modest overhead compared to simpler actor abstractions based on inversion of control. A novel integration of event-based and thread-based models of concurrency enables a safe reuse of lock-based code from inside actors. Finally, we introduce a new type-based approach to actor isolation which avoids data races using unique object references. Simple, static capabilities are used to enforce a flexible notion of uniqueness and at-most-once consumption of unique references.”

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