Programming Manifolds

Authors Jacob Beal, Jonathan Bachrach

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Jacob Beal
Jonathan Bachrach

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Jacob Beal and Jonathan Bachrach. Programming Manifolds. In Computing Media and Languages for Space-Oriented Computation. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 6361, pp. 1-15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2007)


Many programming domains involve the manipulation of values distributed through a manifold – examples include sensor networks, smart materials, and biofilms. This paper describes a programming semantics for manifolds based on the amorphous medium abstraction, which places a computational device at every point in the manifold. This abstraction enables the creation of programs that automatically scale to networks of different size and device density. This semantics is currently implemented in our language Proto and compiles for execution on Mica2 Motes.
  • Amorphous computing
  • spatial computing
  • Proto


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