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M&P History and Influences

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Herman Dolder

The development of M&P [Modular & Parallel] began in middle 1970. At that time I was using the GPSS (General Purpose Simulation System) software in an IBM/360 computer to simulate and optimize a complex strategic industrial process. 

GPSS was the perfect tool for the job and some of its powerful characteristics impressed me very much and, at a certain moment, I imagined an analogous architecture for the design and processing of all kind of LOB applications.

The characteristics of GPSS that impressed me most were:

  • Model-Driven system.

  •  Parallelism (simulated by GPSS).

  • Blocks based modeling (LEGO-like).

  • Event-Driven Dataflow (GPSS “Transactions” flowing thru Blocks).

  • “wiring” (conexionist approach).

  • Queues and Schedulers.

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