As you have seen, this note and the protocols it describes have plenty of room for improvement. Now, as the end-user of this function, you may have a naturally strong and negative reaction to these crude mechanisms, tempting you to send messages decrying my lack of humanity, decency, and legal parentage to the atlas or developer mailing lists. While this is quite understandable, keep in mind that I'm not a very understanding guy, and am also a gigantic baby that pouts when my tender feelings are hurt. So, the proper bitch format involves

For a higher overview of things, scope out the paper ATLAS/doc/, which describes the ideas behind ATLAS, including several that are touched upon only lightly in this note.

Clint Whaley 2012-07-10