Scalable Software Infrastructure for Concurrent and Distributed Applications


The research in ScaleCast focuses on ultra-scalable software concepts and solutions. Scalability in ScaleCast is 3-dimensional:

  1. along the axis of massively parallel, multi-core concurrent systems
  2. towards Internet-wide deployable, many-node distributed systems
  3. down to swarms of tiny nodes that are loosely coupled in the Internet of Things (IoT)
In particular, we dedicate work to
  • Enhancing and further progressing of the Actor model originally designed by Hewitt, Bishop, and Steiger.
  • Development and analysis of new concepts for super-scalable concurrent and distributed software development that comprises huge numbers of processors and machines, ultra-lightweight processors used in the Internet of Things, as well as heterogeneous hardware components including GPUs.
  • Design and realisation of new, generalized concepts to reliability and security in loosely coupled environments.
  • Real-world implementation and promotion of a software infrastructure that makes these contributions available to the broad community of distributed software developers.

Since 2010, the successful actor library libcppa was developed in this project. In 2013, libcppa was rebranded as C++ Actor Framework - along with a much enhanced set of functions, tools and capabilities. For further information see the C++ Actor Framework, our contribution to efficient actor programming in C++ - Our platform for programming the Internet of Things is RIOT.