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Communicating Process Architectures (CPA)
 Title: Communicating Process Architectures: a Personal View of the Past, Present and Future
 Conference: Communicating Process Architectures 2014
 Authors: Barry Cook
4Links Ltd.
CPA is the continuation of a long series of conferences related to a computer development in the 1980s. It appears that this conference now has some difficulty attracting papers and, perhaps to a lesser extent, attendees. I am wondering why this is. Could it be:
  - The subject matter is dead?
  - It is unclear what the subject matter is?
  - There is no place for a CPA-style conference?
  - Something else?

This provokes further questions:
  - Is this the end-of-the-line for CPA as it stands?
  - Can it be run differently and live again?
  - Is it time to say that CSP is a good idea but no-one wants it?
  - Or is there some practical way forward that is worth the effort?

I will present some thoughts on these questions. I do not necessarily have a view on how things should go.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide some time and a place where answers can be floated and discussed. With luck, effective ways forward will emerge to which many (all?) of us will commit to work.

Final note
In many ways, things are depressing – it is very unlikely we can continue in the same way, even for one more time. However, there are great opportunities to do something worthwhile – if only we can work what to do and find some way to do it. Let's analyse the situation and either stop for good reason or carry on with a realistic plan that leads to results with which we can be pleased to be part.

[These notes are extracted from a 5 page position paper available] 

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