luation but is applied mostly to parallel

architectures whereas eager evaluation is used of both sequential and parallel evaluators.

Eager evaluation does not specify exactly when argument evaluation takes place - it might be done fully speculatively (all redexes in the program reduced in parallel) or may be done by the caller just before the function is entered.

The term "eager evaluation" was invented by Carl Hewitt and Henry Baker <[email protected]> and used in their paper ["The Incremental Garbage Collection of Processes", Sigplan Notices, Aug 1977.]. It was named after their "eager beaver" evaluator.

See also conservative evaluation, lenient evaluation, strict evaluation.

Last updated: 1994-12-22

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