Kali Scheme is a distributed implementation of Scheme that permits efficient transmission of higher-order objects such as closures and continuations. The integration of distributed communication facilities within a higher-order programming language engenders a number of new abstractions and paradigms for distributed computing. Among these are user-specified load-balancing and migration policies for threads, incrementally-linked distributed computations, and parameterized client-server applications. Kali Scheme supports concurrency and communication using first-class procedures and continuations. It integrates procedures and continuations into a message-based distributed framework that allows any Scheme object (including code vectors) to be sent and received in a message. Some of the applications and implementation techniques we have looked at using Kali Scheme include: User-level load balancing and migration. Incremental distributed linking of code objects. Parameterized client-server applications. Long-lived parallel computations. Distributed data mining. Executable content in messages over wide-area networks (e.g. the World-Wide Web)
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