2006-03-13 · in Ideas · 77 words

On an operating system supporting asynchronous IO, it's possible to fire off an IO request and collect the results later. This could be bound into programming languages by having calls like read and stat send an IO request, and return an object which only retrieves the result when read; it would then be easy to do other computation while waiting for the IO to complete. Implementing this in C using memory management magic would be especially fun.