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What are your thoughts about the Actor Model? [closed]

The Actor Model which is used by Erlang seems to be a very different way to do concurrent programming. What are your thoughts about the Actor Model? Will it be a popular solution for concurrency?
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Is my description of the actor model right?

If I understood, the actor model is just like the object model, but with a few differences: EVERY object spawns it's own separate thread and its not a problem even when you have thousands of ...
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What is a “lifted representation”?

Just ran across this term here: http://www.codemesh.io/codemesh2014/viktor-klang "We'll demonstrate the Flow API—a lifted representation—as well as a pluggable way of transforming the lifted ...
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Is the architecture of my project a common one? What's its name?

I am responsible for a software project for a few years now (a Java desktop application, which is mostly event-driven). I started it from scratch, and at the beginning of this project I made some ...
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How is the actor model used?

I have read a bit about the actor model, but don't really understand how to use actors in a real world situation – how to model a problem with them. Can someone please explain? A simple example or ...
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Actor library / framework for C++ [closed]

In the C++ project I am working on, we have an application consisting of several processes deployed on different machines. This network of processes is dynamic since processes (clients or background ...
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Which parallel pattern to use?

I need to write a server application that fetches mails from different mail servers/mailboxes and then needs to process/analyze these mails. Traditionally, I would do this multi-threaded, launching a ...
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What are the recommended resources for learning about the Actor model of concurrent systems? [closed]

The Actor concurrency model is clearly gaining favor. Is there a good book that presents the patterns and pitfalls of the model? I am thinking about something that would discuss, for instance, the ...
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Using an actor model versus a producer-consumer model?

I'm doing some early-stage research towards architecting a new software application. Concurrency and multithreading will likely play a significant part, so I've been reading up on the various topics. ...
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Actor based concurrency and cancellation

I'm reading about actor based concurrency and I appreciate the simplicity of actors sequentially processing messages on a single thread. However there is one scenario that doesn't seen possible. ...
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Error checking in actor-based paradigm

I have an existing Scala application that I am trying to refactor in order to use Akka. One of the problems I have is how to manage error-checking in actor-based applications. Usually error-checking ...
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Why is Akka being marketed as reactive? Is Actor Model reactive?

As far as I understand the Actor Model and the Reactive Programming are separate concepts. Actor Model does not seem to be inherently reactive to me. However the Akka framework which is an Actor ...
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Is Lambda function same as Actor? How can it be explained?

Sometime back I read (from a book) that conceptually Lambda function is similar to Actor. However I am clear on the concept, and will appreciate any insight or explanations for this. If they are ...
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Message Passing: How to detect and/or handle “dead ends”

I'm playing with a mental model for distributed actor system that communicates using messages. In this, it is possible for an actor to create another actor. I've encountered one specific situation ...
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Using akka actors with service spring beans

Do you think that using akka actors in front of transactional service beans, is a good idea ? Actors are waked up by a facade used by a client application, and actor use a message to handle right ...