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Author Moret, Bernard M.E. ♦ Manthey, Michael J.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Functional hierarchy ♦ Concurrency ♦ Cooperating processes ♦ Nondeterminism ♦ Actor model ♦ Exclusion principle ♦ Conservative system ♦ Level-independence ♦ Resource hierarchy
Abstract Concurrent computational systems, viewed as sets of cooperating processes, are shown to have close analogies in the world of quantum physics. In particular, analogies exist between processes and particles, between a process' state and a particle's mass, between a process'state changes and a particle's velocity, and between interprocess communications and particle interactions. This view allows the application in the computational world of special relativity theory, the uncertainty principle, the law of conservation of momentum, and many of particle physics' fundamental results. This paper describes the basic analogy and some fundamental results. It is the authors' belief that new insights into a computational processes will be gained as the analogy is developed and vice versa. It is conceivable that established results of the computational sciences may contribute to a new understanding of some of the problems of physics. Other process-oriented sciences, such as biology, economics, and psychology, could also benefit from such development.
Description Affiliation: The Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque (Moret, Bernard M.E.) || Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque (Manthey, Michael J.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 2
Page Count 9
Starting Page 137
Ending Page 145


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Source: ACM Digital Library