[swift-evolution] [Concurrency] async/await + actors
clattner at nondot.org
Thu Aug 17 17:25:18 CDT 2017
> On Aug 17, 2017, at 3:24 PM, Chris Lattner <clattner at nondot.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> As Ted mentioned in his email, it is great to finally kick off discussions for what concurrency should look like in Swift. This will surely be an epic multi-year journey, but it is more important to find the right design than to get there fast.
> I’ve been advocating for a specific model involving async/await and actors for many years now. Handwaving only goes so far, so some folks asked me to write them down to make the discussion more helpful and concrete. While I hope these ideas help push the discussion on concurrency forward, this isn’t in any way meant to cut off other directions: in fact I hope it helps give proponents of other designs a model to follow: a discussion giving extensive rationale, combined with the long term story arc to show that the features fit together.
> Anyway, here is the document, I hope it is useful, and I’d love to hear comments and suggestions for improvement:
> https://gist.github.com/lattner/31ed37682ef1576b16bca1432ea9f782 <https://gist.github.com/lattner/31ed37682ef1576b16bca1432ea9f782>
Oh, also, one relatively short term piece of this model is a proposal for adding an async/await model to Swift (in the form of general coroutine support). Joe Groff and I wrote up a proposal for this, here:
and I have a PR with the first half of the implementation here:
The piece that is missing is code generation support.
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