September 25th, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Wednesday 2009-09-30 - Christine Flood on Fortress

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 30th 2009 at 1800 at NEU WVG 108, where Christine Flood will speak about Project Fortress.

Additionally, we will have two 5-minute Lightning Talks, each followed by 2-minute Q&A. Speakers to be announced.

Also, there will be a buffet offered by ITA Software. Registration is not necessary but appreciated. See details below.

1 Christine Flood on Project Fortress

Project Fortress is a programming language designed at Sun Labs with these fundamental principles:

What you write on your white board works (Standard Mathematical Syntax). Implicit Parallelism (Let the runtime system exploit the fine grained parallelism in your algorithm). Languages should be designed from the ground up to grow over time (A small fixed core with as much of Fortress as possible in Fortress libraries).

Other features include strong static typing and transactional memory.

This talk will give you an overview of the language and walk through some examples. Feel free to check out our open source implementation and language specification at

Christine Flood is a research scientist at Sun Microsystems Labs. She has been working in the field of computer science for 20 years. Her interests are in programming language design and implementation particularly garbage collection and parallelism. She's a former Symbolics/MIT hacker.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Wednesday September 30th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at NEU WVG 108.

This is neither the usual day of the week, nor the usual location. This is at Northeastern University, in the West Village G residence building which is right behind the Computer Science building WVH (see this picture) when you arrive from the T on Huntington Avenue (Green E line, stop at Northeastern Station, or possibly Museum of Fine Arts; you can also walk from Ruggles on the Orange line). As the number indicates, the room is on the first floor.

Northeastern maps and direction:

Many thanks go to Eli Barzilay for arranging for the room, and to Northeastern University for welcoming us.

4 Dinner

ITA Software a fine employer of Lisp hackers (disclaimer: I work there), is kindly purchasing a buffet to accompany our monthly Boston Lisp meeting. Anyone who attends is welcome to partake.

We appreciate it if you let us know you're coming, and what food taboos you have, so that we can order the correct amount and kind of food. Tell us by sending email to boston-lisp-meeting-register at We won't send any acknowledgement unless requested; importantly, we'll keep your identity and address confidential and won't communicate any such information to anyone, not even to our sponsors.

5 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on August 31th had about 20-odd participants. Emmanuel Schanzer talked about Teaching Mathematics and Problem-Solving through Programming, preceded by lightning talks by Gregory Marton on Teaching Linguistics through Programming and Alex Plotnick on Gabriel's Gimmick.

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought.

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