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Ling, a language with predictable fusion

6th October 2016 in London at CodeNode

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Ling is an experimental programming language combining the precision of a system-level programming language and the abstraction and safety of a pure, functional programming language.

This combination is made possible by the underlying theory which is based on a combination of dependent type theory and linear logic. In practice, this provides a general form of program fusion (an optimization short-cutting production and consumption of data) which is part of the type system, and which can still be finely controlled.

In Ling, resource allocations such as memory are explicit. Fusion may happen at each allocation point. The user controls how much fusion should happen, and the type system checks if this is possible. The resulting fusion framework is both quite general and fully predictable.

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Ling, a language with predictable fusion

Nicolas Pouillard

Nicolas's current areas of research/interests are a mixture of Functional programming/Type Theory and Cryptography/Security.