As per Wikipedia: The word "synapse" comes from "synaptein", which Sir Charles Scott Sherrington and colleagues coined from the Greek "syn-" ("together") and "haptein" ("to clasp").
synaptein is a simple daemon that translate from other protocols into Jabber,and in future versions back again.
This has several (not immediately obvious) benefits:
* Quicker message dispatching for stateless and short lived services. This includes bash scripts sending via curl, or cron notifications, etc.
* Translating incoming Jabber messages into AMQP for true distributed processing and task delegation
* Translating incoming Jabber messages into REST for processing by Merb, Rails or Halcyon
And many others...
synaptein will be written in Ruby, and initially support incoming XML message