Waiting for Godot: The Right Language Abstractions for Parallel Programming Should be Here Soon

Waiting for Godot is a famous play by Samuel Beckett, in which

two men occupy their time while waiting, indefinitely, for the

arrival of their friend, Godot. As the play progresses we learn

that while both men claim Godot as an acquaintance, they really

do not know him and further, would not recognize him even if

they were to see him.

As a discipline, we have been discussing parallel programming

for years. After all these years, do we know the right language

abstractions for parallel programming?Would we recognize the

right abstractions if we were to see them? Have we been simply

biding our time, waiting for our Godot?

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