The new era of multi-core processing challenges
software designers to efficiently exploit the parallelism that
is now massively available. Programmers have to exchange
the conventional sequential programming paradigm for parallel
programming: single-threaded designs must be decomposed into
dependent, interacting tasks.
The Java programming language has built-in thread support
and is therefore suitable for the development of parallel software,
but programming multi-threaded applications is a tedious task.
Therefore we are working on a framework and tool support
to alleviate the burden of threads, synchronisation and locking,
based on process networks. This paper describes our initial ideas
for this new programming model.