[Haskell-cafe] New GHC Features for 7.10.1 and Beyond

Chris Warburton chriswarbo at googlemail.com
Tue Apr 1 10:23:54 UTC 2014

Henning Thielemann <schlepptop at henning-thielemann.de> writes:

> These are indeed great ideas!
> I like especially this one:
> Am 01.04.2014 06:37, schrieb Gershom Bazerman:
>> Another important area of research is quantum computation. The D-Wave
>> Two, with 512 qbits, is a commercially available quantum computer now
>> deployed in a few leading institutions. As more and more people begin to
>> purchase D-Wave systems for home hacking, every language worth its salt
>> will need to be able to target this system. Now that cross compilation
>> is more fully supported, it would be good to start putting work into a
>> dwave backend.
> I think quantum support would justify to give the compiler an
> according name like QHC. Or if it is released on days like today, AHC
> would also be a good name.

GHC has supported quantum computing from the start, via "lazy"
evaluation. Specifically, variables don't have a value until you look at
them ('collapsing the thunk').

I think this justifies changing the name to "LHC".


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