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Wed May 29 09:16:06 EDT 2013

RAI doc merge

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<li> Go over <a href="">FeldSpar</a> and its goals and inspirations.
This <a href="http://www.cse.chalmers.se/~ms/MemoCode.pdf">paper</a> has a nice list of references to Spiral, Pan, Obsidian, 


<li> Compared to existing systems, RAI is probably most similar
to <a href="http://faust.grame.fr">Faust</a>, a functional stream
processor language developed at Grame in France.  The main difference
with Faust are:
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<li> RAI is an extention to an established programming language,
i.e. <a href="http://www.racket-lang.org">Racket</a>, a Scheme
dialect with extensive support for writing embedded DSLs.
<li> A core element of RAI is the ability to easily construct
alternative language interpretations.
<li> RAI supports control rate programming, allowing slow rate update of parameters that are expensive to compute.
<li> Feedback in RAI follows a more traditional approach using a state-space update equation, while faust uses a 2-operand combinator.
<li> On the practical side, Faust is over 10 years old and has a lot of support and libraries.
<li> Faust has a more sophisticated compiler/optimizer.
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