Rethinking Structural Computing Infrastructures

Peter J. Nürnberg, Uffe Kock Wiil, David L. Hicks


Structural computing asserts the primacy of structure over data. This has often been understood to mean that all levels of a structural computing system architecture should exhibit structure awareness, leading to data models centered around so-called "structural atoms." While systems based upon structural atoms do provide ubiquitous first-class structural abstractions, they also freeze the "granularity" of the structuring process throughout their architectures at design-time. That is, decisions regarding representations of structures in structural computing architectures based upon atoms cannot be recast at run-time. In this paper, we examine an alternative to atom-based models for structural computing systems that allows exactly such recasting. We demonstrate how this alternative model, which we call EAD, is superior to atom-based models for certain important applications, and describe our initial prototypical implementations.


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