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Deciding Properties for Message Sequence Charts
, 1998
"... Message sequence charts (MSC) are commonly used in designing communication systems. They allow describing the communication skeleton of a system and can be used for finding design errors. First, a specification formalism that is based on MSC graphs, combining finite message sequence charts, is p ..."
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Message sequence charts (MSC) are commonly used in designing communication systems. They allow describing the communication skeleton of a system and can be used for finding design errors. First, a specification formalism that is based on MSC graphs, combining finite message sequence charts, is presented. We present then an automatic validation algorithm for systems described using the message sequence charts notation. The validation problem is tightly related to a natural languagetheoretic problem over semitraces (a generalization of Mazurkiewicz traces, which represent partially ordered executions). We show that a similar and natural decision problem is undecidable. 1
Refinement of Actions and Equivalence Notions for Concurrent Systems
 Acta Informatica
, 1998
"... This paper combines and extends the material of [GGa/c/d/e], except for the part in [GGc] on refinement of transitions in Petri nets and the discussion of TCSPlike parallel composition in [GGe]. An informal presentation of some basic ingredients of this paper appeared as [GGb]. Among others, th ..."
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This paper combines and extends the material of [GGa/c/d/e], except for the part in [GGc] on refinement of transitions in Petri nets and the discussion of TCSPlike parallel composition in [GGe]. An informal presentation of some basic ingredients of this paper appeared as [GGb]. Among others, the treatment of action refinement in stable and nonstable event structures is new. The research reported here was supported by Esprit project 432 (METEOR), Esprit Basic Research Action 3148 (DEMON), Sonderforschungsbereich 342 of the TU Munchen, ONR grant N0001492J1974 and the Human Capital and Mobility Cooperation Network EXPRESS (Expressiveness of Languages for Concurrency). Contents
HardwareAssisted Replay of Multiprocessor Programs
 PROCEEDINGS OF THE ACM/ONR WORKSHOP ON PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED DEBUGGING, PUBLISHED IN ACM SIGPLAN NOTICES
, 1991
"... Sharedmemory parallel programs can be highly nondeterministic due to the unpredictable order in which shared references are satisfied. However, deterministic execution is extremely important for debugging and can also be used for faulttolerance and other replaybased algorithms. We present a hardw ..."
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Sharedmemory parallel programs can be highly nondeterministic due to the unpredictable order in which shared references are satisfied. However, deterministic execution is extremely important for debugging and can also be used for faulttolerance and other replaybased algorithms. We present a hardware/software design that allows the order of memory references in a parallel program to be logged efficiently by recording a subset of the cache traffic between memory and the CPU's. This log can then be used along with hardware and software control to replay execution. Simulation of several parallel programs shows that our device records no more than 1.17 MB/second for an application exhibiting finegrained sharing behavior on a 16way multiprocessor consisting of 12 MIP CPU's. In addition, no probe effect or performance degradation is introduced. This represents several orders of magnitude improvement in both performance and log size over purely softwarebased methods proposed previously. ...
Presheaf Models for Concurrency
, 1999
"... In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their wo ..."
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In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their work inspired this thesis by suggesting that presheaf categories could provide abstract models for concurrency with a builtin notion of bisimulation. We show how
An Expressively Complete Linear Time Temporal Logic for Mazurkiewicz Traces
, 1997
"... A basic result concerning LTL, the propositional temporal logic of linear time, is that it is expressively complete; it is equal in expressive power to the first order theory of sequences. We present here a smooth extension of this result to the class of partial orders known as Mazurkiewicz traces. ..."
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A basic result concerning LTL, the propositional temporal logic of linear time, is that it is expressively complete; it is equal in expressive power to the first order theory of sequences. We present here a smooth extension of this result to the class of partial orders known as Mazurkiewicz traces. These partial orders arise in a variety of contexts in concurrency theory and they provide the conceptual basis for many of the partial order reduction methods that have been developed in connection with LTLspecifications. We show that LTrL, our linear time temporal logic, is equal in expressive power to the first order theory of traces when interpreted over (finite and) infinite traces. This result fills a prominent gap in the existing logical theory of infinite traces. LTrL also constitutes a characterisation of the so called trace consistent (robust) LTLspecifications. These are specifications expressed as LTL formulas that do not distinguish between different linearisations of the same trace and hence are amenable to partial order reduction methods.
DYNAMIC CONGRUENCE vs. PROGRESSING BISIMULATION for CCS
 Fundamenta Informaticae
, 1992
"... Weak Observational Congruence (woc) defined on CCS agents is not a bisimulation since it does not require two states reached by bisimilar computations of woc agents to be still woc, e.g. ff:ø:fi:nil and ff:fi:nil are woc but ø:fi:nil and fi:nil are not. This fact prevent us from characterizing CCS s ..."
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Weak Observational Congruence (woc) defined on CCS agents is not a bisimulation since it does not require two states reached by bisimilar computations of woc agents to be still woc, e.g. ff:ø:fi:nil and ff:fi:nil are woc but ø:fi:nil and fi:nil are not. This fact prevent us from characterizing CCS semantics (when ø is considered invisible) as a final algebra, since the semantic function would induce an equivalence over the agents that is both a congruence and a bisimulation. In the paper we introduce a new behavioural equivalence for CCS agents, which is the coarsest among those bisimulations which are also congruences. We call it Dynamic Observational Congruence because it expresses a natural notion of equivalence for concurrent systems required to simulate each other in the presence of dynamic, i.e. run time, (re)configurations. We provide an algebraic characterization of Dynamic Congruence in terms of a universal property of finality. Furthermore we introduce Progressing Bisimulatio...
Dynamic Algebras as a wellbehaved fragment of Relation Algebras
 In Algebraic Logic and Universal Algebra in Computer Science, LNCS 425
, 1990
"... The varieties RA of relation algebras and DA of dynamic algebras are similar with regard to definitional capacity, admitting essentially the same equational definitions of converse and star. They differ with regard to completeness and decidability. The RA definitions that are incomplete with respect ..."
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The varieties RA of relation algebras and DA of dynamic algebras are similar with regard to definitional capacity, admitting essentially the same equational definitions of converse and star. They differ with regard to completeness and decidability. The RA definitions that are incomplete with respect to representable relation algebras, when expressed in their DA form are complete with respect to representable dynamic algebras. Moreover, whereas the theory of RA is undecidable, that of DA is decidable in exponential time. These results follow from representability of the free intensional dynamic algebras. Dept. of Computer Science, Stanford, CA 94305. This paper is based on a talk given at the conference Algebra and Computer Science, Ames, Iowa, June 24, 1988. It will appear in the proceedings of that conference, to be published by SpringerVerlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number CCR8814921 ...
Gates accept concurrent behavior
 In Proc. 34th Ann. IEEE Symp. on Foundations of Comp. Sci
, 1993
"... We represent concurrent processes as Boolean propositions or gates, cast in the role of acceptors of concurrent behavior. This properly extends other mainstream representations of concurrent behavior such as event structures, yet is defined more simply. It admits an intrinsic notion of duality that ..."
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We represent concurrent processes as Boolean propositions or gates, cast in the role of acceptors of concurrent behavior. This properly extends other mainstream representations of concurrent behavior such as event structures, yet is defined more simply. It admits an intrinsic notion of duality that permits processes to be viewed as either schedules or automata. Its algebraic structure is essentially that of linear logic, with its morphisms being consequencepreserving renamings of propositions, and with its operations forming the core of a natural concurrent programming language. 1