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9th ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Programming Based on Actors, Agents, and Decentralized Control (AGERE 2019), October 22, 2019, Athens, Greece

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9th ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Programming Based on Actors, Agents, and Decentralized Control (AGERE 2019)


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Message from the Chairs
Welcome to the proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Programming based on Actors, Agents, and Decentralized Control (AGERE!), co-located with SPLASH 2019. AGERE!, an ACM SIGPLAN workshop, keeps on being a unique venue in the research landscape bringing together researchers and practitioners interested in actors, agents and, more generally, high-level paradigms emphasizing decentralized control in thinking, modeling, developing, and reasoning about software systems.


Actor-Based Incremental Tree Data Processing for Large-Scale Machine Learning Applications
Kouhei Sakurai and Taiki Shimizu
(Kanazawa University, Japan)
A number of online machine learning techniques based on tree model have been studied in order to cope with today's requirements of quickly processing large scale data-sets. We present a design pattern for incremental tree data processing as gradually constructing on-demand tree-model on memory. Our approach adopts the actor model as making use of multi-cores and distributed computers without largely rewriting code for algorithms. The pattern basically defines a node in the tree as an actor which is the unit of asynchronous processes and each data instance flows between actor nodes as a message. We study concrete two machine learning algorithms, VFDT for decision tree's top-down growth and BIRCH for hierarchical clustering's bottom up growth. For supporting VFDT, we propose an extension mechanism of replicating root nodes so that it can address bottleneck as starting of inputs. For supporting BIRCH, we split processes of recursive construction into asynchronous steps with correcting target node by traversing extra horizontal links between sibling nodes. We carried out machine learning tasks with our implementation on top of Akka Java, and we confirmed reasonable performance for the tasks with large scale data-sets.

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Modal Assertions for Actor Correctness
Colin S. Gordon
(Drexel University, USA)
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Static Local Coordination Avoidance for Distributed Objects
Tim Soethout, Tijs van der Storm, and Jurgen J. Vinju
(ING Bank, Netherlands; CWI, Netherlands)
In high-throughput, distributed systems, such as large-scale banking infrastructure, synchronization between actors becomes a bottle-neck in high-contention scenarios. This results in delays for users, and reduces opportunities for scaling such systems. This paper proposes Static Local Coordination Avoidance, which analyzes application invariants at compile time to detect whether messages are independent, so that synchronization at run time is avoided, and parallelism is increased. Analysis shows that in industry scenarios up to 60% of operations are independent. Initial performance evaluation shows that, in comparison to a standard 2-phase commit baseline, throughput is increased, and latency is reduced. As a result, scalability bottlenecks in high-contention scenarios in distributed actor systems are reduced for independent messages.

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Locations and Session Types in a Language with Higher-Order Reflection
Michael Tran, Alexander Rønning Bendixen, Bjarke Bredow Bojesen, Hans Hüttel, and Stian Lasse Lybech
(Aalborg University, Denmark)
We propose the localised ρ-calculus, a process calculus that uses an identification of processes and names in higher-order communication along with a notion of locations. These are named, bounded areas for computation, organised in a hierarchy, and processes can move from one to another by crossing their boundaries. Process migration becomes higher-order communication. To control the usage of channels we develop a type system with binary session types for the localised ρ-calculus, based on work by Giunti and Vasconcelos, and prove that it is sound.

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Run, Actor, Run: Towards Cross-Actor Language Benchmarking
Sebastian Blessing, Kiko Fernandez-Reyes, Albert Mingkun Yang, Sophia Drossopoulou, and Tobias Wrigstad
(Imperial College London, UK; Uppsala University, Sweden)
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