The separate programs that make up a Linda ensemble all float within a region called 'tuple space'. They are a fleet of ships and tuple space is the sea, or a flock of helium balloons and tuple space is the sky, or a herd of wontons and tuple space is the soup. When one program has information for the others, it wraps it up and jettisons it -- sets it adrift in tuple space.

The Aesthetics of Computing, page 88.

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