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Genesis: Concurrent evolutionary algorithms in Perl 6

Juan Julián Merelo-Guervós — 20 minutes 🦋

Perl 6, as a language with facilities for concurrency, is amenable to be used as a research tool for the implementation of evolutionary algorithms. However, concurrency is not a straightforward feature that can be tacked in an existing algorithm. In this talk we will talk about how we designed and implemented this kind of algorithms, and the good, bad and ugly results we got out of them.

Evolutionary algorithms was the topic of my first presentation in a Perl conference, and it's been kind of a tradition to talk about them in Perl conferences ever since them. Lately I have switched to Perl 6; released a simple module, appropriately called Algorithm::Evolutionary::Simple, and started to experiment with concurrent features to be able to work with all processors and threads available.
In this talk I will introduce the audience to the world of these global optimization algorithms which are called evolutionary, then navigate through concurrency in general and how it's done in Perl 6, and eventually talk about our research results designing evolutionary algorithms to be run in that platform.
The challenge was more on the algorithmic side than on the Perl 6 side, but that part was also a challenge. Eventually, all worked out for the best and I got the papers published.
I also do (and believe) in open science.I dump all data in open repositories, and write papers also in open repos, so that anyone can join should they want.

Talk tags
concurrency, algorithms
Perl versions
🦋 Perl 6
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Talk duration
20 minutes
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