Dale Schumacher explains the actor concept and how it helps us build a computational model resembling the reality around us more accurately than the object-oriented model.
Dale Schumacher has contributed to several open source projects: standard libraries for C, the "clean" font family for the X-Window system, enhancements to the Minix O/S kernel, a Java servlet-based wiki; also to "Graphics Gems" I, II, and III. Outside of coaching and mentoring, his focus the last few years has been on the development of an Actor Based Environment for prototyping actor solutions.
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Good talk - worth the time
Can be done just as fast, or faster in scala
William La Forge
I've sketched out some ideas for implementing light weight actors in scala (above), using reactors as dispatchers (one dispatcher per hardware thread, with work stealing).
I think it will be at least as fast as what you were talking about, is vertically scalable, has the same functionality and works with java and scala libraries.
All inspired by your talk--loved it!