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A calculus of mobile processes, I
, 1992
"... We present the acalculus, a calculus of communicating systems in which one can naturally express processes which have changing structure. Not only may the component agents of a system be arbitrarily linked, but a communication between neighbours may carry information which changes that linkage. The ..."
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We present the acalculus, a calculus of communicating systems in which one can naturally express processes which have changing structure. Not only may the component agents of a system be arbitrarily linked, but a communication between neighbours may carry information which changes that linkage. The calculus is an extension of the process algebra CCS, following work by Engberg and Nielsen, who added mobility to CCS while preserving its algebraic properties. The rrcalculus gains simplicity by removing all distinction between variables and constants; communication links are identified by names, and computation is represented purely as the communication of names across links. After an illustrated description of how the ncalculus generalises conventional process algebras in treating mobility, several examples exploiting mobility are given in some detail. The important examples are the encoding into the ncalculus of higherorder functions (the Icalculus and combinatory algebra), the transmission of processes as values, and the representation of data structures as processes. The paper continues by presenting the algebraic theory of strong bisimilarity and strong equivalence, including a new notion of equivalence indexed by distinctionsi.e., assumptions of inequality among names. These theories are based upon a semantics in terms of a labeled transition system and a notion of strong bisimulation, both of which are expounded in detail in a companion paper. We also report briefly on workinprogress based upon the corresponding notion of weak bisimulation, in which internal actions cannot be observed.
Mobile ambients
, 1998
"... We introduce a calculus describing the movement of processes and devices, including ..."
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We introduce a calculus describing the movement of processes and devices, including
A calculus for cryptographic protocols: The spi calculus
 Information and Computation
, 1999
"... We introduce the spi calculus, an extension of the pi calculus designed for the description and analysis of cryptographic protocols. We show how to use the spi calculus, particularly for studying authentication protocols. The pi calculus (without extension) suffices for some abstract protocols; the ..."
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We introduce the spi calculus, an extension of the pi calculus designed for the description and analysis of cryptographic protocols. We show how to use the spi calculus, particularly for studying authentication protocols. The pi calculus (without extension) suffices for some abstract protocols; the spi calculus enables us to consider cryptographic issues in more detail. We represent protocols as processes in the spi calculus and state their security properties in terms of coarsegrained notions of protocol equivalence.
Logic Programming with Focusing Proofs in Linear Logic
 Journal of Logic and Computation
, 1992
"... The deep symmetry of Linear Logic [18] makes it suitable for providing abstract models of computation, free from implementation details which are, by nature, oriented and non symmetrical. I propose here one such model, in the area of Logic Programming, where the basic computational principle is C ..."
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The deep symmetry of Linear Logic [18] makes it suitable for providing abstract models of computation, free from implementation details which are, by nature, oriented and non symmetrical. I propose here one such model, in the area of Logic Programming, where the basic computational principle is Computation = Proof search.
An Object Calculus for Asynchronous Communication
 Proceedings of the European Conference on ObjectOriented Programming (ECOOP
, 1991
"... This paper presents a formal system based on the notion of objects and asynchronous communication. Built on Milner's work on ßcalculus, the communication primitive of the formal system is purely asynchronous, which makes it unique among various concurrency formalisms. Computationally this resu ..."
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This paper presents a formal system based on the notion of objects and asynchronous communication. Built on Milner's work on ßcalculus, the communication primitive of the formal system is purely asynchronous, which makes it unique among various concurrency formalisms. Computationally this results in a consistent reduction of Milner's calculus, while retaining the same expressive power. Seen semantically asynchronous communication induces a surprisingly different framework where bisimulation is strictly more general than its synchronous counterpart. This paper shows basic construction of the formal system along with several illustrative examples. 1 Introduction The formal system introduced in this paper is intended to accomplish two purposes. First, it provides a simple and rigorous formalism which encapsulates essential features of concurrent objectorientation [26, 25]. Being successful as a programming methodology for dynamic concurrent computing, its theoretical contents are far f...
A Formal Approach to Software Architecture
, 1997
"... As software systems become more complex, the overall system structureor software architecturebecomes a central design problem. A system's architecture provides a model of the system that suppresses implementation detail, allowing the architect to concentrate on the analyses and decisions ..."
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As software systems become more complex, the overall system structureor software architecturebecomes a central design problem. A system's architecture provides a model of the system that suppresses implementation detail, allowing the architect to concentrate on the analyses and decisions that are most crucial to structuring the system to satisfy its requirements. Unfortunately, current representations of software architecture are informal and ad hoc. While architectural concepts are often embodied in infrastructure to support specific architectural styles and in the initial conceptualization of a system configuration, the lack of an explicit, independentlycharacterized architecture or architectural style significantly limits the benefits of software architectural design in current practice. In this dissertation, I show that an Architecture Description Language based on a formal, abstract model of system behavior can provide a practical means of describing and analyzing softwar...
Computational Interpretations of Linear Logic
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1993
"... We study Girard's Linear Logic from the point of view of giving a concrete computational interpretation of the logic, based on the CurryHoward isomorphism. In the case of Intuitionistic Linear Logic, this leads to a refinement of the lambda calculus, giving finer control over order of evaluati ..."
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We study Girard's Linear Logic from the point of view of giving a concrete computational interpretation of the logic, based on the CurryHoward isomorphism. In the case of Intuitionistic Linear Logic, this leads to a refinement of the lambda calculus, giving finer control over order of evaluation and storage allocation, while maintaining the logical content of programs as proofs, and computation as cutelimination.
Language primitives and type discipline for structured communicationbased programming
 In ESOP’98, volume 1381 of LNCS
, 1998
"... Session primitives and types provide a flexible programming style for structured interaction, and are used to statically check the safe and consistent composition of protocols in communicationcentric distributed software. Unfortunately authors working on session types have recently realised that so ..."
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Session primitives and types provide a flexible programming style for structured interaction, and are used to statically check the safe and consistent composition of protocols in communicationcentric distributed software. Unfortunately authors working on session types have recently realised that some of the previously published systems fail to satisfy the basic theorems of Subject Reduction and Type Safety. This report discusses the issues involved in higherorder session communication, presents a formulation of the recursive types as well as proofs of the Subject Reduction and Type Safety Theorems of the original session typing system by HondaVasconcelosKubo in ESOP’98. It also proposes a variant which allows a more liberal higherorder session communication, based on an idea of Gay and Hole.
A Calculus of Mobile Agents
, 1996
"... . We introduce a calculus for mobile agents and give its chemical semantics, with a precise definition for migration, failure, and failure detection. Various examples written in our calculus illustrate how to express remote executions, dynamic loading of remote resources and protocols with mobile ag ..."
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. We introduce a calculus for mobile agents and give its chemical semantics, with a precise definition for migration, failure, and failure detection. Various examples written in our calculus illustrate how to express remote executions, dynamic loading of remote resources and protocols with mobile agents. We give the encoding of our distributed calculus into the joincalculus. 1 Introduction It is not easy to match concurrency and distribution. Suppose, for instance, that we want to implement a concurrent calculus with CCSlike communication channels and with processes running on different physical sites. If we do not locate channels, we quickly face a global consensus problem for nearly every communication which uses the interconnection network. In a previous work [6], we introduced the joincalculus, an asynchronous variant of Milner's ßcalculus with better locality and better static scoping rules. It avoids global consensus and thus may be implemented in a realistic distributed en...
Semantic foundations of concurrent constraint programming
, 1990
"... Concurrent constraint programming [Sar89,SR90] is a simple and powerful model of concurrent computation based on the notions of storeasconstraint and process as information transducer. The storeasvaluation conception of von Neumann computing is replaced by the notion that the store is a constr ..."
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Concurrent constraint programming [Sar89,SR90] is a simple and powerful model of concurrent computation based on the notions of storeasconstraint and process as information transducer. The storeasvaluation conception of von Neumann computing is replaced by the notion that the store is a constraint (a finite representation of a possibly infinite set of valuations) which provides partial information about the possible values that variables can take. Instead of “reading” and “writing ” the values of variables, processes may now ask (check if a constraint is entailed by the store) and tell (augment the store with a new constraint). This is a very general paradigm which subsumes (among others) nondeterminate dataflow and the (concurrent) (constraint) logic programming languages. This paper develops the basic ideas involved in giving a coherent semantic account of these languages. Our first contribution is to give a simple and general formulation of the notion that a constraint system is a system of partial information (a la the information systems of Scott). Parameter passing and hiding is handled by borrowing ideas from the cylindric algebras of Henkin, Monk and Tarski to introduce diagonal elements and “cylindrification ” operations (which mimic the projection of information induced by existential quantifiers). The se;ond contribution is to introduce the notion of determinate concurrent constraint programming languages. The combinators treated are ask, tell, parallel composition, hiding and recursion. We present a simple model for this language based on the specificationoriented methodology of [OH86]. The crucial insight is to focus on observing the resting points of a process—those stores in which the process quiesces without producing more information. It turns out that for the determinate language, the set of resting points of a process completely characterizes its behavior on all inputs, since each process can be identified with a closure operator over the underlying constraint system. Very natural definitions of parallel composition, communication and hiding are given. For example, the parallel composition of two agents can be characterized by just the intersection of the sets of constraints associated with them. We also give a complete axiomatization of equality in this model, present