Re: JavaMemoryModel: PC language alert: catatonia action

From: Jeremy Manson (
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 21:14:45 EDT

> I do think that both "catatonia" and "reclusive" sound rather unpleasant.
> I may be missing something, but isn't the term "silent action" or "tau
> action" commonly used for this? See e.g. the literature on the pi-calculus.

I believe that "silent actions" and "tau actions", like SKIP in CSP, don't
do anything. A catatonia action requires that the thread perform nothing
but catatonia actions thereafter.

My own thoughts are along the lines of "sleep", or "suspend". I think
"sisyphean action" has a nice ring to it, but people don't like semantics
to have a nice ring to them.

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