[Haskell-cafe] broadcasting stateful computations

Olaf Klinke olf at aatal-apotheke.de
Thu Sep 2 17:42:06 UTC 2021

On Fri, 2021-09-03 at 00:00 +0800, YueCompl wrote:
> Um, I'm not sure I understand your case right, but if the "mutation" instead of the "mutated result" can be (might non-trivially) computed from a possibly outdated state, and the "mutation" can be trivially applied, I think `modifyTVar'` is the way to go. `readTVar` can be used to obtain an almost up-to-date state on demand, at low frequency.

To be concrete, my state is a collection of time stamped values, where
the monoid operation overwrites old values with new ones. 
But I need to know the current state (x,t) to determine the "mutation",
because I'll be asking questions like "server, tell me if there is a
value of x newer than t." 
Any observer whose initial state is synchronized with the worker thread
can in principle re-construct the worker's internal state by observing
the stream of emitted "mutations". 

The most general abstraction would be that of a monoid action on a
type, but in my case the monoid (mutations) and the mutated type are

act :: m -> a -> a
act memtpy = id
act (x <> y) = act x . act y -- monoid homomorphism
act (x <> x) = act x         -- idempotent


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