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Graph grammars and constraint solving for software architecture styles
 In Proc. of the Int. Software Architecture Workshop
, 1998
"... The description of a software architecture style must include the structural model of the components and their interactions, the laws governing the dynamic changes in the architecture, and the communication pattern. In our work we represent a system as a graph where hyperedges are components and nod ..."
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The description of a software architecture style must include the structural model of the components and their interactions, the laws governing the dynamic changes in the architecture, and the communication pattern. In our work we represent a system as a graph where hyperedges are components and nodes are ports of communication. The construction and dynamic evolution of the style will be represented as contextfree productions and graph rewriting. To model the evolution of the system we propose to use techniques of constraint solving. From this approach we obtain an intuitive way to model systems with nice characteristics for the description of dynamic architectures and recon guration and, a unique language to describe the style, model the evolution of the system and prove properties. 1
Normal Forms for Partitions and Relations
 Recent Trends in Algebraic Development Techniques, volume 1589 of Lect. Notes in Comp. Science
, 1999
"... Recently there has been a growing interest towards algebraic structures that are able to express formalisms different from the standard, treelike presentation of terms. Many of these approaches reveal a specific interest towards their application in the "distributed and concurrent systems" field, b ..."
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Recently there has been a growing interest towards algebraic structures that are able to express formalisms different from the standard, treelike presentation of terms. Many of these approaches reveal a specific interest towards their application in the "distributed and concurrent systems" field, but an exhaustive comparison between them is difficult because their presentations can be quite dissimilar. This work is a first step towards a unified view, which is able to recast all those formalisms into a more general one, where they can be easily compared. We introduce a general schema for describing a characteristic normal form for many algebraic formalisms, and show that those normal forms can be thought of as arrows of suitable concrete monoidal categories.
Executable Tile Specifications for Process Calculi
, 1999
"... . Tile logic extends rewriting logic by taking into account sideeffects and rewriting synchronization. These aspects are very important when we model process calculi, because they allow us to express the dynamic interaction between processes and "the rest of the world". Since rewriting logic is the ..."
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. Tile logic extends rewriting logic by taking into account sideeffects and rewriting synchronization. These aspects are very important when we model process calculi, because they allow us to express the dynamic interaction between processes and "the rest of the world". Since rewriting logic is the semantic basis of several language implementation efforts, an executable specification of tile systems can be obtained by mapping tile logic back into rewriting logic, in a conservative way. However, a correct rewriting implementation of tile logic requires the development of a metalayer to control rewritings, i.e., to discard computations that do not correspond to any deduction in tile logic. We show how such methodology can be applied to term tile systems that cover and extend a wideclass of SOS formats for the specification of process calculi. The wellknown casestudy of full CCS, where the term tile format is needed to deal with recursion (in the form of the replicator operator), is di...
Symmetric Monoidal and Cartesian Double Categories as a Semantic Framework for Tile Logic
 MATHEMATICAL STRUCTURES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 2002
"... Tile systems offer a general paradigm for modular descriptions of concurrent systems, based on a set of rewriting rules with sideeffects. Monoidal double categories are a natural semantic framework for tile systems, because the mathematical structures describing system states and synchronizing acti ..."
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Tile systems offer a general paradigm for modular descriptions of concurrent systems, based on a set of rewriting rules with sideeffects. Monoidal double categories are a natural semantic framework for tile systems, because the mathematical structures describing system states and synchronizing actions (called configurations and observations, respectively, in our terminology) are monoidal categories having the same objects (the interfaces of the system). In particular, configurations and observations based on netprocesslike and term structures are usually described in terms of symmetric monoidal and cartesian categories, where the auxiliary structures for the rearrangement of interfaces correspond to suitable natural transformations. In this paper we discuss the lifting of these auxiliary structures to double categories. We notice that the internal construction of double categories produces a pathological asymmetric notion of natural transformation, which is fully exploited in one dimension only (for example, for configurations or for observations, but not for both). Following Ehresmann (1963), we overcome this biased definition, introducing the notion of generalized natural transformation between four double functors (rather than two). As a consequence, the concepts of symmetric monoidal and cartesian (with consistently chosen products) double categories arise in a natural way from the corresponding ordinary versions, giving a very good relationship between the auxiliary structures of configurations and observations. Moreover, the Kelly–Mac Lane coherence axioms can be lifted to our setting without effort, thanks to the characterization of two suitable diagonal categories that are always present in a double category. Then, symmetric monoidal and cartesian double categories are shown to offer an adequate semantic setting for process and term tile systems.
Observational Equivalence for Synchronized Graph Rewriting with Mobility
, 2001
"... We introduce a notion of bisimulation for graph rewriting systems, allowing us to prove observational equivalence for dynamically evolving graphs and networks. We use the framework of synchronized graph rewriting with mobility which we describe in two different, but operationally equivalent ways: on ..."
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We introduce a notion of bisimulation for graph rewriting systems, allowing us to prove observational equivalence for dynamically evolving graphs and networks. We use the framework of synchronized graph rewriting with mobility which we describe in two different, but operationally equivalent ways: on graphs defined as syntactic judgements and by using tile logic. One of the main results of the paper says that bisimilarity for synchronized graph rewriting is a congruence whenever the rewriting rules satisfy the basic source property. Furthermore we introduce an upto technique simplifying bisimilarity proofs and use it in an example to show the equivalence of a communication network and its specification.
Symmetric and Cartesian Double Categories as a Semantic Framework for Tile Logic
, 1995
"... this paper we discuss the lifting of these auxiliary structures to double categories. We notice that the internal construction of double categories produces a pathological asymmetric notion of natural transformation, which is fully exploited in one dimension only (e.g., for configurations or for eff ..."
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this paper we discuss the lifting of these auxiliary structures to double categories. We notice that the internal construction of double categories produces a pathological asymmetric notion of natural transformation, which is fully exploited in one dimension only (e.g., for configurations or for effects, but not for both). Following Ehresmann (1963), we overcome this biased definition, introducing the notion of generalized natural transformation between four
Normal Forms for Algebras of Connections
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 2000
"... Recent years have seen a growing interest towards algebraic structures that are able to express formalisms different from the standard, treelike presentation of terms. Many of these approaches reveal a specific interest towards the application to the `distributed and concurrent systems' field, but ..."
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Recent years have seen a growing interest towards algebraic structures that are able to express formalisms different from the standard, treelike presentation of terms. Many of these approaches reveal a specific interest towards the application to the `distributed and concurrent systems' field, but an exhaustive comparison between them is sometimes difficult, because their presentations can be quite dissimilar. This work is a first step towards a unified view: Focusing on the primitive ingredients of distributed spaces (namely interfaces, links and basic modules), we introduce a general schema for describing a normal form presentation of many algebraic formalisms, and show that those normal forms can be thought of as arrows of suitable monoidal categories.
Tile Transition Systems as Structured Coalgebras
 Fundamentals of Computation Theory, volume 1684 of LNCS
, 1999
"... . The aim of this paper is to investigate the relation between two models of concurrent systems: tile rewrite systems and coalgebras. Tiles are rewrite rules with side effects which are endowed with operations of parallel and sequential composition and synchronization. Their models can be described ..."
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. The aim of this paper is to investigate the relation between two models of concurrent systems: tile rewrite systems and coalgebras. Tiles are rewrite rules with side effects which are endowed with operations of parallel and sequential composition and synchronization. Their models can be described as monoidal double categories. Coalgebras can be considered, in a suitable mathematical setting, as dual to algebras. They can be used as models of dynamical systems with hidden states in order to study concepts of observational equivalence and bisimilarity in a more general setting. In order to capture in the coalgebraic presentation the algebraic structure given by the composition operations on tiles, coalgebras have to be endowed with an algebraic structure as well. This leads to the concept of structured coalgebras, i.e., coalgebras for an endofunctor on a category of algebras. However, structured coalgebras are more restrictive than tile models. Those models which can be presented as st...