[Stackless] EuroPython 2007 proposal

Christian Tismer tismer at stackless.com
Sat May 26 00:02:00 CEST 2007

Abstract ID:  	62
Abstract content:

This is a re-worked, actualized and improved version of
my talk at PyCon 2007. Repeating the abstract:

As a surprise for people who think they know Stackless,
we present the new Stackless implementation For PyPy,
which has led to a significant amount of new insight
about parallel programming and its possible implementations.
We will isolate the known Stackless as a special case of
a general concept.

This is a Stackless, not a PyPy talk. But the insights presented
here would not exist without PyPy's existance.


Stackless has been around for a long time now. After several
versions with different goals in mind, the basic concepts of
channels and tasklets turned out to be useful abstractions,
and since many versions, Stackless is only ported from version
to version, without fundamental changes to the principles.

As some spin-off, Armin Rigo invented Greenlets at a Stackless
sprint. They are some kind of coroutines and a bit of special
semantics. The major benefit is that Greenlets can run on
unmodified CPython.

In parallel to that, the PyPy project is in its fourth year
now, and one of its goals was Stackless integration as an option.
And of course, Stackless has been integrated into PyPy in a very
nice and elegant way, much nicer than expected. During the design
of the Stackless extension to PyPy, it turned out, that tasklets,
greenlets and coroutines are not that different in principle,
and it was possible to base all known parallel paradigms on
one simple coroutine layout, which is as minimalistic as possible.

It is a side effect of PyPy's simplicity, that even led to a
pretty new concept for Stackless, that allows all the different
switching paradigms to co-exist without interference. Users
could go further and implement their own concurrency model,
and it would neither interfere with others nor cost performance.

Today's Stackless can be seen as a special case of the more general
implementation given for PyPy. This implementation can also be taken
as a reference about how Stackless is meant to be implemented.
This reference implementation is completely written in Python.

The talk will try to isolate the crucial design decisions in
Stackless from implementation details. The reduced concepts
are together the essentials of Stackless.

Special emphasis is given to interactive examples, simple use-cases,
and an animation that visually explains the new concept of

Primary authors: 	TISMER, Christian (tismerysoft GmbH)
Co-Authors: 	-- none --
Presenters: 	TISMER, Christian
Track classification: 	Python Language and Libraries
Submitted by: 	TISMER, Christian
Submitted on: 	25 May 2007 23:56
Last modified on: 	25 May 2007 23:56
Comments :

As this is a re-worked version of my PyCon 2007 talk, I would like
to improve it by giving more examples, including some of
Andrew Dahlke's PyCon talk.
The original was quite short in explaining concepts, and moving
over to the new concept of composability, quickly.
I would lke to give more space to introducing the basic
concepts this time, having more visualisation, iteractive sessions,
and short repetitions and summaries.
This talk intends to give some insight both to the novice and also
to experienced stackless users.

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