speculative evaluation

Computing Dictionary

speculative evaluation definition

parallel
A technique used in parallel processing where some evaluation may be started before it is known whether it is needed (Eager evaluation). This may result in some wasted processing and may introduce unnecessary non-terminating processes but it can reduce the overall run time by making some needed results available earlier than they would be otherwise.
Opposite: conservative evaluation.
(1995-05-05)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: speculative
Next Definition: speculative execution
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for speculative evaluation
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing speculative evaluation
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature