Perth, Western Australia - 6th to 10th January 2014

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The Rust language: memory, ownership and lifetimes

Project: Rust

In 2010, Mozilla announced it was working on a new systems language, aiming to match the performance and C-interoperability profile of C++ in a provably safe language with concurrency, immutability, isolation and expressiveness properties closer to languages like Erlang, Haskell or Scala.

While Rust presents a good variety of familiar, expressive tools from other mainstream languages, it also borrows from research languages two lesser-known key technologies: "owning pointers" and "borrowed pointers". This talk will briefly describe the Rust language in general terms, then focus in on these two key technologies, how they shape Rust's memory model, performance and safety guarantees, and why you might consider using Rust in your next project.

Nicholas Matsakis

Nicholas Matsakis is a senior researcher at Mozilla research.
He focuses on safe support for parallelism in programming
languages. He is currently working on the Rust programming language as
well as Parallel JavaScript.