interprocess inlining

Ulf Wiger <>
Thu Dec 5 18:11:21 CET 2002

On Thu, 5 Dec 2002, Shawn Pearce wrote:

>Thomas Lindgren <> wrote:
>> Third: another interesting issue, if we want to handle
>> more complex scenarios, is how to handle chained
>> sends:
>> - A sends to B
>> - B sends to C
>> - C sends to D
>This is the more interesting case to me.  Sometimes a
>server is built to just proxy messages to another
>process, after perhaps a very mild reformatting.
>If the last meaningful op that a server does is
>a message send, and it doesn't do any function calls
>except the tail recursion to go back to receive,
>it might be nice to inline this just to improve
>server(State) ->
>	receive
>		{request, Payload} ->
>			Pid =,
>			Pid ! {dowork, Payload, self()},
>			server(State)
>	end.

Indeed. It could be one of the steps towards really using
lots of simple processes rather than a few complicated ones.
I believe it could make for much more readable code in the

Ulf Wiger, Senior Specialist,
   / / /   Architecture & Design of Carrier-Class Software
  / / /    Strategic Product & System Management
 / / /     Ericsson Telecom AB, ATM Multiservice Networks

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