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The Tile Model
 PROOF, LANGUAGE AND INTERACTION: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF ROBIN MILNER
, 1996
"... In this paper we introduce a model for a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by certain rewriting rules. We gathered our inspiration both from the world of term rewriting, in particular from the rewriting logic framework [Mes92], and of concurrency theory: among the ..."
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In this paper we introduce a model for a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by certain rewriting rules. We gathered our inspiration both from the world of term rewriting, in particular from the rewriting logic framework [Mes92], and of concurrency theory: among the others, the structured operational semantics [Plo81], the context systems [LX90] and the structured transition systems [CM92] approaches. Our model recollects many properties of these sources: first, it provides a compositional way to describe both the states and the sequences of transitions performed by a given system, stressing their distributed nature. Second, a suitable notion of typed proof allows to take into account also those formalisms relying on the notions of synchronization and sideeffects to determine the actual behaviour of a system. Finally, an equivalence relation over sequences of transitions is defined, equipping the system under analysis with a concurrent semantics, ...
An Algebraic Presentation of Term Graphs, via GSMonoidal Categories
 Applied Categorical Structures
, 1999
"... . We present a categorical characterisation of term graphs (i.e., finite, directed acyclic graphs labeled over a signature) that parallels the wellknown characterisation of terms as arrows of the algebraic theory of a given signature (i.e., the free Cartesian category generated by it). In particula ..."
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. We present a categorical characterisation of term graphs (i.e., finite, directed acyclic graphs labeled over a signature) that parallels the wellknown characterisation of terms as arrows of the algebraic theory of a given signature (i.e., the free Cartesian category generated by it). In particular, we show that term graphs over a signature \Sigma are onetoone with the arrows of the free gsmonoidal category generated by \Sigma. Such a category satisfies all the axioms for Cartesian categories but for the naturality of two transformations (the discharger ! and the duplicator r), providing in this way an abstract and clear relationship between terms and term graphs. In particular, the absence of the naturality of r and ! has a precise interpretation in terms of explicit sharing and of loss of implicit garbage collection, respectively. Keywords: algebraic theories, directed acyclic graphs, gsmonoidal categories, symmetric monoidal categories, term graphs. Mathematical Subject Clas...
A 2Categorical Presentation of Term Graph Rewriting
 CATEGORY THEORY AND COMPUTER SCIENCE, VOLUME 1290 OF LNCS
, 1997
"... It is wellknown that a term rewriting system can be faithfully described by a cartesian 2category, where horizontal arrows represent terms, and cells represent rewriting sequences. In this paper we propose a similar, original 2categorical presentation for term graph rewriting. Building on a re ..."
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It is wellknown that a term rewriting system can be faithfully described by a cartesian 2category, where horizontal arrows represent terms, and cells represent rewriting sequences. In this paper we propose a similar, original 2categorical presentation for term graph rewriting. Building on a result presented in [8], which shows that term graphs over a given signature are in onetoone correspondence with arrows of a gsmonoidal category freely generated from the signature, we associate with a term graph rewriting system a gsmonoidal 2category, and show that cells faithfully represent its rewriting sequences. We exploit the categorical framework to relate term graph rewriting and term rewriting, since gsmonoidal (2)categories can be regarded as "weak" cartesian (2)categories, where certain (2)naturality axioms have been dropped.
An Inductive View of Graph Transformation
 In Workshop on Algebraic Development Techniques
, 1998
"... . The dynamic behavior of rulebased systems (like term rewriting systems [24], process algebras [27], and so on) can be traditionally determined in two orthogonal ways. Either operationally, in the sense that a way of embedding a rule into a state is devised, stating explicitly how the result i ..."
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. The dynamic behavior of rulebased systems (like term rewriting systems [24], process algebras [27], and so on) can be traditionally determined in two orthogonal ways. Either operationally, in the sense that a way of embedding a rule into a state is devised, stating explicitly how the result is built: This is the role played by (the application of) a substitution in term rewriting. Or inductively, showing how to build the class of all possible reductions from a set of basic ones: For term rewriting, this is the usual definition of the rewrite relation as the minimal closure of the rewrite rules. As far as graph transformation is concerned, the operational view is by far more popular: In this paper we lay the basis for the orthogonal view. We first provide an inductive description for graphs as arrows of a freely generated dgsmonoidal category. We then apply 2categorical techniques, already known for term and term graph rewriting [29, 7], recasting in this framework the...
Rational Term Rewriting
, 1998
"... . Rational terms (possibly infinite terms with finitely many subterms) can be represented in a finite way via terms, that is, terms over a signature extended with selfinstantiation operators. For example, f ! = f(f(f(: : :))) can be represented as x :f(x) (or also as x :f(f(x)), f(x :f(x)), ..."
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. Rational terms (possibly infinite terms with finitely many subterms) can be represented in a finite way via terms, that is, terms over a signature extended with selfinstantiation operators. For example, f ! = f(f(f(: : :))) can be represented as x :f(x) (or also as x :f(f(x)), f(x :f(x)), . . . ). Now, if we reduce a term t to s via a rewriting rule using standard notions of the theory of Term Rewriting Systems, how are the rational terms corresponding to t and to s related? We answer to this question in a satisfactory way, resorting to the definition of infinite parallel rewriting proposed in [7]. We also provide a simple, algebraic description of term rewriting through a variation of Meseguer's Rewriting Logic formalism. 1 Introduction Rational terms are possibly infinite terms with a finite set of subterms. They show up in a natural way in Theoretical Computer Science whenever some finite cyclic structures are of concern (for example data flow diagrams, cyclic te...
A BiCategorical Axiomatisation of Concurrent Graph Rewriting
, 1999
"... In this paper the concurrent semantics of doublepushout (DPO) graph rewriting, which is classically defined in terms of shiftequivalence classes of graph derivations, is axiomatised via the construction of a free monoidal bicategory. In contrast to a previous attempt based on 2categories, the us ..."
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In this paper the concurrent semantics of doublepushout (DPO) graph rewriting, which is classically defined in terms of shiftequivalence classes of graph derivations, is axiomatised via the construction of a free monoidal bicategory. In contrast to a previous attempt based on 2categories, the use of bicategories allows to define rewriting on concrete graphs. Thus, the problem of composition of isomorphism classes of rewriting sequences is avoided. Moreover, as a first step towards the recovery of the full expressive power of the formalism via a purely algebraic description, the concept of disconnected rules is introduced, i.e., rules whose interface graphs are made of disconnected nodes and edges only. It is proved that, under reasonable assumptions, rewriting via disconnected rules enjoys similar concurrency properties like in the classical approach.
Tiles, Rewriting Rules and CCS
"... In [12] we introduced the tile model, a framework encompassing a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by certain rewriting rules. We gathered our inspiration both from the world of term rewriting and of concurrency theory, and our formalism recollects many properties ..."
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In [12] we introduced the tile model, a framework encompassing a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by certain rewriting rules. We gathered our inspiration both from the world of term rewriting and of concurrency theory, and our formalism recollects many properties of these sources. For example, it provides a compositional way to describe both the states and the sequences of transitions performed by a given system, stressing their distributed nature. Moreover, a suitable notion of typed proof allows to take into account also those formalisms relying on the notions of synchronization and sideeffects to determine the actual behaviour of a system. In this work we narrow our scope, presenting a restricted version of our tile model and focussing our attention on its expressive power. To this aim, we recall the basic definitions of the process algebras paradigm [3,24], centering the paper on the recasting of this framework in our formalism.
Rewriting On Cyclic Structures: Equivalence Between The Operational And The Categorical Description
, 1999
"... . We present a categorical formulation of the rewriting of possibly cyclic term graphs, based on a variation of algebraic 2theories. We show that this presentation is equivalent to the wellaccepted operational definition proposed by Barendregt et aliibut for the case of circular redexes, fo ..."
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. We present a categorical formulation of the rewriting of possibly cyclic term graphs, based on a variation of algebraic 2theories. We show that this presentation is equivalent to the wellaccepted operational definition proposed by Barendregt et aliibut for the case of circular redexes, for which we propose (and justify formally) a different treatment. The categorical framework allows us to model in a concise way also automatic garbage collection and rules for sharing/unsharing and folding/unfolding of structures, and to relate term graph rewriting to other rewriting formalisms. R'esum'e. Nous pr'esentons une formulation cat'egorique de la r'e'ecriture des graphes cycliques des termes, bas'ee sur une variante de 2theorie alg'ebrique. Nous prouvons que cette pr'esentation est 'equivalente `a la d'efinition op'erationnelle propos'ee par Barendregt et d'autres auteurs, mais pas dons le cas des radicaux circulaires, pour lesquels nous proposons (et justifions formellem...
Enriched Categories as Models of Computation
 in Proc. Fifth Italian Conference on Theoretical Computer Science, ICTCS'95 , World Scientific
, 1996
"... . In this paper we discuss a general methodology to provide a categorical semantics for a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by a suitable set of transition steps. We open our survey presenting some results on the semantics of Petri Nets. Starting from this, we ela ..."
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. In this paper we discuss a general methodology to provide a categorical semantics for a wide class of computational systems, whose behaviour can be described by a suitable set of transition steps. We open our survey presenting some results on the semantics of Petri Nets. Starting from this, we elaborate a twosteps procedure allowing for the description of all the sequences of transitions performed by a given system, and equipping them with a suitable equivalence relation. This relation provides the sistem under analisys with a concurrent semantics: equivalence classes denote families of "computationally equivalent" behaviours, corresponding to the execution of the same set of (causally) independent transition steps. 1 Introduction The latest years have seen a wide amount of different approaches to the semantics of computional sistems: a variety that, if only for the comparison between the various formalisms, calls for a unified framework. In this paper we aim to show that enriched ...
CPO models for infinite term rewriting
 in Proc. AMAST'95, LNCS 936
, 1995
"... . Infinite terms in universal algebras are a wellknown topic since the seminal work of the ADJ group [1]. The recent interest in the field of term rewriting (tr) for infinite terms is due to the use of term graph rewriting to implement tr, where terms are represented by graphs: so, a cyclic gra ..."
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. Infinite terms in universal algebras are a wellknown topic since the seminal work of the ADJ group [1]. The recent interest in the field of term rewriting (tr) for infinite terms is due to the use of term graph rewriting to implement tr, where terms are represented by graphs: so, a cyclic graph is a finitary description of a possibly infinite term. In this paper we introduce infinite rewriting logic, working on the framework of rewriting logic proposed by Jos'e Meseguer [13, 14]. We provide a simple algebraic presentation of infinite computations, recovering the infinite parallel term rewriting, originally presented by one of the authors ([6]) to extend the classical, settheoretical approach to tr with infinite terms. Moreover, we put all the formalism on firm theoretical bases, providing (for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, for infinitary rewriting systems) a clean algebraic semantics by means of (internal) 2categories. 1 Introduction Term rewriting sy...