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Sun Oct 4 13:06:26 CEST 2009

Signal Processing Functions, Algorithms and Smurfs: The Need for Declarativity

Following the links on [2] brings me to a paper[1] by Boute ``Signal
Processing Functions, Algorithms and Smurfs: The Need for
Declarativity''.  This is brilliant stuff.

  The main cause [of decline of declarative thinking] in DSP is a
  shift from essentially declarative mature engineering formalisms to
  ``algorithmic thinking'' induced by computer implementation,
  ignoring the declarative mathematical methods for software.''

Boute mentions SILAGE[3], a DSP dataflow language.

  Our own research over the past 15 years is also aimed at unifying EE
  and CS, starting with mathematical modeling and reasoning.

I have a new hero.  Looks like I need to shut up and read for a while.
Most of my plans for Staapl's DSP language are probably best put in
this framework.


[1] http://www.funmath.be/SmurFinl.pdf
[2] http://www.funmath.be/LRRL.pdf
[3] http://www.cosic.esat.kuleuven.be/publications/article-756.pdf



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