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An Implementation of Narrowing Strategies
 Journal of the ACM
, 2001
"... This paper describes an implementation of narrowing, an essential component of implementations of modern functional logic languages. These implementations rely on narrowing, in particular on some optimal narrowing strategies, to execute functional logic programs. We translate functional logic progra ..."
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This paper describes an implementation of narrowing, an essential component of implementations of modern functional logic languages. These implementations rely on narrowing, in particular on some optimal narrowing strategies, to execute functional logic programs. We translate functional logic programs into imperative (Java) programs without an intermediate abstract machine. A central idea of our approach is the explicit representation and processing of narrowing computations as data objects. This enables the implementation of operationally complete strategies (i.e., without backtracking) or techniques for search control (e.g., encapsulated search). Thanks to the use of an intermediate and portable representation of programs, our implementation is general enough to be used as a common back end for a wide variety of functional logic languages.
ParameterPassing and the Lambda Calculus
, 1991
"... The choice of a parameterpassing technique is an important decision in the design of a highlevel programming language. To clarify some of the semantic aspects of the decision, we develop, analyze, and compare modifications of the calculus for the most common parameterpassing techniques, i.e., ca ..."
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The choice of a parameterpassing technique is an important decision in the design of a highlevel programming language. To clarify some of the semantic aspects of the decision, we develop, analyze, and compare modifications of the calculus for the most common parameterpassing techniques, i.e., callbyvalue and callbyname combined with passbyworth and passby reference, respectively. More specifically, for each parameterpassing technique we provide 1. a program rewriting semantics for a language with sideeffects and firstclass procedures based on the respective parameterpassing technique; 2. an equational theory that is derived from the rewriting semantics in a uniform manner; 3. a formal analysis of the correspondence between the calculus and the semantics; and 4. a strong normalization theorem for the imperative fragment of the theory (when applicable). A comparison of the various systems reveals that Algol's callbyname indeed satisfies the wellknown fi rule of the orig...
A Natural Semantics for Lazy Evaluation
, 1993
"... We define an operational semantics for lazy evaluation which provides an accurate model for sharing. The only computational structure we introduce is a set of bindings which corresponds closely to a heap. The semantics is set at a considerably higher level of abstraction than operational semantics f ..."
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We define an operational semantics for lazy evaluation which provides an accurate model for sharing. The only computational structure we introduce is a set of bindings which corresponds closely to a heap. The semantics is set at a considerably higher level of abstraction than operational semantics for particular abstract machines, so is more suitable for a variety of proofs. Furthermore, because a heap is explicitly modelled, the semantics provides a suitable framework for studies about space behaviour of terms under lazy evaluation.
Analysis and Caching of Dependencies
, 1996
"... We address the problem of dependency analysis and caching in the context of the calculus. The dependencies of a  term are (roughly) the parts of the term that contribute to the result of evaluating it. We introduce a mechanism for keeping track of dependencies, and discuss how to use these depend ..."
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We address the problem of dependency analysis and caching in the context of the calculus. The dependencies of a  term are (roughly) the parts of the term that contribute to the result of evaluating it. We introduce a mechanism for keeping track of dependencies, and discuss how to use these dependencies in caching.
ContextSensitive Computations in Functional and Functional Logic Programs
 JOURNAL OF FUNCTIONAL AND LOGIC PROGRAMMING
, 1998
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ContextSensitive Rewriting Strategies
, 1997
"... Contextsensitive rewriting is a simple restriction of rewriting which is formalized by imposing fixed restrictions on replacements. Such a restriction is given on a purely syntactic basis: it is (explicitly or automatically) specified on the arguments of symbols of the signature and inductively ..."
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Contextsensitive rewriting is a simple restriction of rewriting which is formalized by imposing fixed restrictions on replacements. Such a restriction is given on a purely syntactic basis: it is (explicitly or automatically) specified on the arguments of symbols of the signature and inductively extended to arbitrary positions of terms built from those symbols. Termination is not only preserved but usually improved and several methods have been developed to formally prove it. In this paper, we investigate the definition, properties, and use of contextsensitive rewriting strategies, i.e., particular, fixed sequences of contextsensitive rewriting steps. We study how to define them in order to obtain efficient computations and to ensure that contextsensitive computations terminate whenever possible. We give conditions enabling the use of these strategies for rootnormalization, normalization, and infinitary normalization. We show that this theory is suitable for formalizing ...
Interaction Systems I: The theory of optimal reductions
 Mathematical Structures in Computer Science
, 1994
"... We introduce a new class of higher order rewriting systems, called Interaction Systems (IS's). IS's come from Lafont's (Intuitionistic) Interaction Nets [Lafont 1990] by dropping the linearity constraint. In particular, we borrow from Interaction Nets the syntactical bipartitions of operators int ..."
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We introduce a new class of higher order rewriting systems, called Interaction Systems (IS's). IS's come from Lafont's (Intuitionistic) Interaction Nets [Lafont 1990] by dropping the linearity constraint. In particular, we borrow from Interaction Nets the syntactical bipartitions of operators into constructors and destructors and the principle of binary interaction. As a consequence, IS's are a subclass of Klop's Combinatory Reduction Systems [Klop 1980] where the CurryHoward analogy still "makes sense". Destructors and constructors respectively corresponds to left and right logical introduction rules, interaction is cut and reduction is cutelimination. Interaction Systems have been primarily motivated by the necessity of extending the practice of optimal evaluators for calculus [Lamping 1990, Gonthier et al. 1992a] to other computational constructs as conditionals and recursion. In this paper we focus on the theoretical aspects of optimal reductions. In particular, we ge...
Improvement in a Lazy Context: An Operational Theory for CallByNeed
 Proc. POPL'99, ACM
, 1999
"... Machine The semantics presented in this section is essentially Sestoft's \mark 1" abstract machine for laziness [Sestoft 1997]. In that paper, he proves his abstract machine 6 A. K. Moran and D. Sands h fx = Mg; x; S i ! h ; M; #x : S i (Lookup) h ; V; #x : S i ! h fx = V g; V; S i (Update) h ; ..."
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Machine The semantics presented in this section is essentially Sestoft's \mark 1" abstract machine for laziness [Sestoft 1997]. In that paper, he proves his abstract machine 6 A. K. Moran and D. Sands h fx = Mg; x; S i ! h ; M; #x : S i (Lookup) h ; V; #x : S i ! h fx = V g; V; S i (Update) h ; M x; S i ! h ; M; x : S i (Unwind) h ; x:M; y : S i ! h ; M [ y = x ]; S i (Subst) h ; case M of alts ; S i ! h ; M; alts : S i (Case) h ; c j ~y; fc i ~x i N i g : S i ! h ; N j [ ~y = ~x j ]; S i (Branch) h ; let f~x = ~ Mg in N; S i ! h f~x = ~ Mg; N; S i ~x dom(;S) (Letrec) Fig. 1. The abstract machine semantics for callbyneed. semantics sound and complete with respect to Launchbury's natural semantics, and we will not repeat those proofs here. Transitions are over congurations consisting of a heap, containing bindings, the expression currently being evaluated, and a stack. The heap is a partial function from variables to terms, and denoted in an identical manner to a coll...
Explicit Cyclic Substitutions
, 1993
"... In this paper we consider rewrite systems that describe the lambdacalculus enriched with recursive and nonrecursive local definitions by generalizing the `explicit substitutions' used by Abadi, Cardelli, Curien, and Lévy [1] to describe sharing in lambdaterms. This leads to `explicit cyclic subst ..."
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In this paper we consider rewrite systems that describe the lambdacalculus enriched with recursive and nonrecursive local definitions by generalizing the `explicit substitutions' used by Abadi, Cardelli, Curien, and Lévy [1] to describe sharing in lambdaterms. This leads to `explicit cyclic substitutions' that can describe the mutual sharing of local recursive definitions. We demonstrate how this may be used to describe standard binding constructions (let and letrec)  directly using substitution and fixed point induction as well as using `smallstep' rewriting semantics where substitution is interleaved with the mechanics of the following betareductions. With this we hope to contribute to the synthesis of denotational and operational specifications of sharing and recursion.
Sharing of Computations
, 1993
"... This report is a revised version of my thesis of the same title, which was accepted for the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at University of Aarhus, Denmark, in June 1993 ..."
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This report is a revised version of my thesis of the same title, which was accepted for the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at University of Aarhus, Denmark, in June 1993